Hope and Change: Thirty-two Black Republicans running for Congress this year 

The New York Times:

Among the many reverberations of President Obama’s election, here is one he probably never anticipated: at least 32 African-Americans are running for Congress this year as Republicans, the biggest surge since Reconstruction, according to party officials.

The House has not had a black Republican since 2003, when J. C. Watts of Oklahoma left after eight years.

But now black Republicans are running across the country — from a largely white swath of beach communities in Florida to the suburbs of Phoenix, where an African-American candidate has raised more money than all but two of his nine (white) Republican competitors in the primary.

The Times further notes that “[Black GOP candidates] credit the marriage of two factors: dissatisfaction with the Obama administration, and the proof, as provided by Mr. Obama, that blacks can get elected.” Pundits and politicians alike should agree this is a positive development, but I don’t think were about to see accusations of racism cease to be factor in elections anytime soon.

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