ByÂ JENNIFER STEINHAUER, The New York Times
Among the many reverberations ofÂ President Obamaâ€™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.Â C. Watts of Oklahoma left after eight years.
But now black Republicans are running across the country â€” 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.
Party officials and the candidates themselves acknowledge that they still have uphill fights in both the primaries and the general elections, but they say that black Republicans are running with a confidence they have never had before. They credit the marriage of two factors: dissatisfaction with the Obama administration, and the proof, as provided by Mr. Obama, that blacks can get elected.
â€œI ran in 2008 and raised half a million dollars, and the state party didnâ€™t support me and the national party didnâ€™t support me,â€ saidÂ Allen West, who is running for Congress in Florida and is one of roughly five black candidates the party believes could win. â€œBut we came back and weâ€™re running and things are looking great.â€
To read more, visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/05/us/politics/05blacks.html?hp
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