Record Setting Number of African Americans Running for Major Office

In Economic Justice, Election 2006, Misc., Race, US Politics on August 28, 2006 at 12:12 pm

Thanks to Political Wire for highlighting this Christian Science Monitor piece:

From Maryland to Tennessee to Ohio, the 2006 elections already hold a place in the history books: More black candidates from both major parties are mounting serious campaigns for upper-tier office – senator or governor – than ever before.

Even more noteworthy, three of the six men are Republican, a party that has struggled to boost its black affiliation above 10 percent. In Maryland, after the Sept. 12 primary, the major-party choice for Senate could come down to two African-Americans.


Historically, blacks have faced a steep climb running for statewide office. Only one African-American – L. Douglas Wilder (D) of Virginia – has ever won the governorship. In the Senate, only five blacks have served, including two in the 1870s. If Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D) of Tennessee wins his race, he will be the first black senator from the South since Reconstruction.


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