By Geoff Earle, Deputy U.s. Political Editor For Dailymail.com
Published: 20:30 BST, 28 September 2020 | Updated: 21:03 BST, 28 September 2020
A leak of a trove of data from Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign has revealed that it targeted millions of African Americans with a 'deterrence' campaign that critics are calling voter suppression.
The leak, reported by Britain's Channel 4, describes the deterrence element of the campaign voter file, which includes information on 200 million Americans that the campaign sliced and diced for potential electoral benefit.
Not only are 3.5 million African Americans listed in the 'deterrence' category, but black voters were disproportionately included on the 'deterrence' list, according to Channel 4's analysis of the data.
President Donald Trump's campaing is being accused of voter suppression after compiling information on a 'deterrence' category of voters that included 3.5 million African Americans
Termed 'Project Alamo,' a Texas-based digital team worked on the voter file that was a sophisticated effort to gather data on millions of voters in order to try to target campaign resources most efficiently to have an effect, according to the report.
According to the analysis, in Georgia blacks made up 61 per cent of the 'deterrence' category – despite making up about a third of the population.
In North Carolina, a battleground state that Trump carried, blacks were 46 percent of the 'deterrence' category but 22 per