November 2nd, 2010
10:42 PM ET
3 years ago

No African-Americans in next U.S. Senate

New York (CNN) – Despite record election achievements by African-Americans in the House, the United States Senate will not have an African-American in its ranks.

All three black Senate candidates, Kendrick Meek (D-FL), Alvin Greene (D-SC) and Mike Thurmond (D-GA) are projected to lose tonight. The only incumbent black senator, Roland Burris (D-IL), is retiring.

Only six black senators have served: three Republicans and three Democrats, including the future President Barack Obama (D-IL).

There have been 118 voting members of Congress who are African-American. This year the GOP has 14 African-Americans on the ballot, any one of which could become the first black Republican in the house since 2003.

There are 41 African-American Democrats in Congress of which most are running in majority black districts. CNN projects Alabama sent its first African-American woman to Congress tonight with the election of Terri Sewell in the state's 7th district. She is a Democrat.


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soundoff (297 Responses)
  1. patti

    This isn't about being Black or White. It is about ideology. The Liberal ideology is losing popularity regardless of color.

    November 2, 2010 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  2. Larry

    thats sad cause there's for sure african-americans in this country and once again we prove that we're the great melting pot. but not when in comes to power in our country

    November 2, 2010 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  3. Control Freaks

    This is what happens when we as a nation elect the first black president, and he completely ruins everything for future black Americans to be elected. For anyone that doesn't think this is the Kenyan-born Village Idiots fault, please take the time to tell everyone how all of that "hopey-changy" crap is working for you.

    November 2, 2010 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Who cares no asians or native americans or what not? Why keep making race an issue!

    November 2, 2010 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  5. Corey

    Did you know that there has never been a republican african american in the house of reps? Never. I think that would be an interesting occurance.

    November 2, 2010 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  6. TJ

    ....and this was the Tea Party's plan. Never has a president been so disrespected as to be called a liar and have every desired action fought tooth and nail as President Obama. Keep being naive and thinking that it's not because he's Black. This country has made much less progress than most like to believe.

    November 2, 2010 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  7. Sonny Sparkz

    After reading this article, I found myself a little emotional. It almost feels like a senate with no Blacks is naturally racist. I wouldn't trust an all white senate.

    November 2, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  8. Jeez

    First thing CNN cares about is race. Jeez

    November 2, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    u no what to do.

    November 2, 2010 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  10. ryan

    Soledad O’Brien is a joke all she cares about are minorities. Quit being so biased.

    November 2, 2010 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  11. ericka townsend

    Its kind of funny that they "project" that there will be none to win and the title you see actually states fact... This can be is leading for some... Expecelly for a young black teen as myself

    November 2, 2010 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    New casters shld be unbias. Hwever; tht Diane Sawyer at Channel 7 news seems to be glowing abt th
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    Democrats' loss.

    November 2, 2010 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  13. Chris

    Perhaps they should have run on a platform of fiscal responsibility.

    November 2, 2010 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  14. curtther

    That's why the republicans won they never want a black in power again

    November 2, 2010 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  15. Totally FedUp

    UGH! I'm so fed up with this. It's not about race, it's about who is better suited for the job. What is the purpose of this article other than to draw attention to the race of the candidates which should have NOTHING to do with them getting elected or not. Obviously these politicians who are projected to lose are in that position based on their political policies and views, not the color of their skin. It's unnecessary articles like this one that just add to the problems that this country faces.

    November 2, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  16. David Johnson

    Who cares. Why must CNN always stir the racial pot?

    November 2, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  17. Sue

    That's ok we have President Obama, who seeks truth and cares about the people of the country. You can't ask for more than that. Pity some Americans can't see that.

    November 2, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  18. Name

    Why does it even matter? Race should not come into play for any of this. People need to grow up and get over it! Qualifications matter. Period.

    November 2, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  19. rkt210

    Once again Soledad O'Brien attempts to create racism where none exists. We elected a black president, we've had black senators and congressmen. The election is about politics, not skin tone. We all need to just be Americans, not African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, or Caucasian-Americans. Please, Ms. O'Brien, cover the news – don't try to create it.

    November 2, 2010 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  20. Chris

    "Future president" because at the time he was a senator, the time period which the sentence is referencing, he wasn't president yet.

    November 2, 2010 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  21. Cletus

    Thank god! This nation is a christian WHITE nation and its about time we white christian americans take our country back! Mr Muslim who stole the white house, you are the Last brown person to sit there in a long time. 2012 your gone!

    November 2, 2010 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  22. Grrr-Awful-O

    Well boo hoo. Leave it to this site to count by race. And didn't waste a second doing it.

    November 2, 2010 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Everyone be happy for one another weather black or white dem or rep! G0D is still in control trust him not man!

    November 2, 2010 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  24. PWB

    We have just elected our country's first Hispanic woman and our first Indian woman as Governors. Why isn't this news?

    November 2, 2010 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  25. mark anderson

    dont be a sore loser. you need to realize this is way above your narrow selfish aims. It aint about you it is about the greater good of America and America is not just about YOU. Dig deeper into basic high school American history books moron.

    November 2, 2010 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
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