For black candidates, top spots still elusive
The number of African Americans winning political offices hasn't increase since Obama won. The black political community says these stats are 'disappointing'...
MELBOURNE, Fla. — The theory was that Barack Obama’s election as president in 2008 signaled a new era for black candidates trying to win statewide contests for senator or governor.
Now, Rep. Kendrick Meek is struggling with the reality.
In Florida, the 43-year-old African-American congressman, long the presumptive Democratic nominee in the state’s tumultuous Senate race, is trying to fend off a surprise primary challenge from a Palm Beach billionaire and running a distant third in general-election matchups against a darling of the anti-tax “Tea Party” movement and the state’s popular governor.
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