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The Year of the Black Republican?

The Year of the Black Republican?

May 10th, 2006

Source: TheWashingtonPost.com

The Washington Post has run yet another article on Black Republicans. The article highlights three African-American Republicans, J. Kenneth Blackwell who on May 2 claimed the Republican nomination for governor of Ohio, who will face Democratic Rep. Ted Strickland in November. Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, of Maryland, who is the Republican party's nominee to fill the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes. And in Pennsylvania, former Pittsburgh Steelers star Lynn Swann is challenging Democratic Gov. Edward G. Rendell.

Kenneth Blackwell Kenneth Blackwell
The Ohio secretary of state defeated state Attorney General Jim Petro in the Republican gubernatorial primary.

African-American Political Pundit Says: Kenneth Blackwell should be able to pull this one off. This is a political contest that will be watched nationally. George W. Bush may want to go come to Blackwell's aide, but George Bush has no crediability with African-American voters. As the Washington Post reported George W. managed to garner just 8 percent of the votes of African Americans.

Governor: Ohio

Michael Steele Michael Steele
The Washington Post Reports: A document prepared for the Democratic Party showed that as much as 44 percent of likely black voters in Maryland could "abandon their historic Democratic allegiances" after hearing Steele's campaign messaging.

African-American Political Pundit says: "I like Steele, I like his politics, he may be the natural leader the National Republican party needs to connect African-American Voters back to the party to make it the real party of Lincoln."
Senate: Maryland

Lynn Swann Lynn Swann
The Washington Post says: Though he trails in the polls, supporters say Swann's dearth of experience could actually serve him well.

African-American Political Pundit says: " Lynn Swann's claim to fame is football, and yes there are football players who have made great politicans like Jack Kemp, but Mr. Swann seems to have a problem at this point connecting with African-American voters and his message is not clear. This is an uphill for Swann who is going against a great governor who connects with African-Americans."

Governor: Pennsylvania

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