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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  1. ib6ub9

    @anonymous, there is an Asian-American senator. Daniel Inouye from Hawaii. Most senior member of the senate. President pro tempore of the Senate. Check his story out, he was one tough SOB in WWII.

    November 3, 2010 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  2. Name

    Republicorps and demicorps are the same. Both have fooled the American public into thinking that they serve the people but they only serve the wealthy elite, mainly large corporations and banking institutions. Wake up you sheep and really start a revolution.

    November 3, 2010 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  3. R. Martin

    I have never seen a group more misinformed than the author of this piece and those making comments. There are so many fine Black politicians out there. You don't know who they are because they are conservative. I also have never seen anyone so concerned with skin color as liberals are.

    November 3, 2010 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  4. Anonymous

    I wonder what the exit poll for the 2008 presidential election would have revealed if the question was: "Did you vote for Obama because he was African-American?" I live in Atlanta and lost count of the number of African-Americans who stated just that. Please don't cry about racism – when your race engages in the same behavior. I would propose that if we could not see the 2008 candidates (nor know their skin's melanin content), Obama would not have won.
    Now – don't call me a racist – I may be caucasian – but my two best friends are African-Americans.

    November 3, 2010 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  5. lisa

    Just reading all that has been said and written here on this list before me with the exception of a few...you should feel SHAME and ask for much needed prayer from someone prayers that can truly be heard.

    November 3, 2010 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  6. Donyelle

    You all can complain and say that race is not important but for over 200 years the African-American race built this country to the status it is able to be, not Asian nor Latinos. So, lets not try this "it's not about race" because it is!! We were good enough to work in fields and build this country, but no one finds it odd that we are still lacking political power. As far as Obama goes, you can point your fingers and blame this ONE black president and say it is his fault, but what about the DOZENS of white presidents who have done less or no better? Hypocrites.

    November 3, 2010 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  7. Nate

    How weird. A majority white nation elects white candidates. Next thing you're going to tell me is that Nigeria only has black Africans in their congress.

    November 3, 2010 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  8. PBG

    I love these comment sections! Its always refreshing to see the bigots and racists rant and rave about... how unimportant race is one the one hand.. without seeing how it affects even themselves on the other.

    November 3, 2010 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  9. VG

    This does not reflect the true representation of the people. This is all manipulation by Whites. It was republicans who screwed up the economy and expect Obama to fix in two years.

    November 3, 2010 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  10. aaron

    they gave 3 blacks that ran and complain that none got elected....do they realize how many canidates there were in this whole election? quit acting like 75% of the canidates were a "minority" and none got elected!!!! 0 of 3 when over what, like 500 jobs were up...not bad....now if almost half the canidates were a minority and none got elected, that would be a story

    November 3, 2010 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  11. Mark

    CNN- injecting race into every issue immediately.

    November 3, 2010 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  12. Denial "NOT"

    Racism is very much alive. Whites get tired of hearing about it and Blacks are tired of experiencing it. Even if you filter out some of the "Crazies" posting on here, there is an underlying tone of bigotry that ALWAYS seems to resurface in times of hardship and frustration. But, I'm an optimist and realist. I know from my own experience that most whites don't share a hateful attitude toward people of color. The peacemakers never really get attention only the hatemongers who hide behind politics and patriotism.

    November 3, 2010 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  13. rickirs

    Ironic that Repubs call themselves the party of Lincoln but doesn't champion any African Americans. But that is consistent with the Nazi, errr...I mean...Tea Party movement isn't it?

    November 3, 2010 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  14. ibivi

    Yes, this is very sad news. I believe that there is a racial backlash underway. Most unfortunate. If people continue down this path it will make things worse in the long run. Very well put Todd. Why do Americans revel in their ignorance? They shouldn't. It is nothing to be proud of.

    November 3, 2010 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  15. Lame

    Since when is Republican synonymous with 'white' and Democrat synonymous with 'African-American'?? Why are whites racist for not voting for (ill-qualified) blacks, but blacks aren't racist for all the BS they trash talk about whites?? Your comments only prove your ignorance. Just because your black doesn't entitle you to run this country, just as being white doesn't entitle any white person. Regardless of your skin color, If you don't like the way things are in America, either run for office yourself or leave!

    November 3, 2010 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  16. Sigh

    So much racism...

    Also, "Hopey Changey" got me a house and a full-time job. So it's working out just fine.

    November 3, 2010 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  17. izy

    We should judge people on character not skin color. thats what dr king said. and thats what everyone believes, so then why is it a big deal that nobody is AA? It seems like people only bring up race when it is in their best interest to do so. its only important when they feel like they could get something out of it. just like people in our neighborhood saying "its because im black" when things dont go their way. My husband is AA and hears this all the time in his group of friends. He always says that If everyone truly feels like the world should be blind to color then stop bringing it up!!

    November 3, 2010 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  18. love

    Please help I am black man if I can help anyone in time of need I will be there I love the lord so much

    November 3, 2010 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  19. izy

    black, white, hispanic, the blue man group, it really shouldnt matter! I think the newbies in washington need to focus on what their constituents want instead of their own agenda. as long as they keep in mind that we voted them in and we can vote em out just as quick, everything should be fine.

    November 3, 2010 03:34 am at 3:34 am |
  20. Name informed consent

    Looking at most of these comments proves to me even further that the people in this country have a lot to learn! We are all people! Who cares about party affiliation or race. We need to come together to get things back going in this country. Sadly that won't happen because of ignorance, greed, stereotypical thinking, and the hardheaded nature of Americans.

    November 3, 2010 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  21. john j

    I am a AMERICAN of MEXICAN descent! I have grate pride in our country,why was this news article Published ? you cause more dissension between the races,by pointing out color,it was not a color issue ! last night was the will of the people,

    November 3, 2010 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
  22. Chairman Mao

    This was only about in so much as race overlaps with economic class. This election was about disenfranchisement of the middle class in current politics. The middle class is constantly seeing their future slip away with complete disregard by this President and his staff, including their unwillingness to confront China.

    November 3, 2010 03:42 am at 3:42 am |
  23. Joe Mommah

    Ignorance runs rampid...this or any election has nothing to do with skin color, power, or racism! It has to do what it always should have been and needs to be, a voice for the people. It's not a time to blame Bush or Clinton, but for America to say...Mr. President...do your job! Oh, excuse me...but according to this article, the future President. I guess the last two years were a dress rehearsal. As for those who attack FoxNews personalities and such and defend those who tax the income away from us. I served over 20 years defending this country and its people and I know one thing for certain, the freedom of speech does not give you the right to verbal attack those. So do me a favor and shut up you little cry-babies. If you want to do something that is worth while, go volunteer in your community and serve the people before you let that pie whole of yours open again.

    November 3, 2010 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  24. soldier truth

    You sir who goes by "white Christian"- you may be white (questionable) but you sure aren't Christian! Christians are marked by their love for their "neighbors". All Jesus would say to you is "you do no know what spirit you are operating under! True Christians know you are a fake. So just say you are a racist white "entitlist". That's acceptable.

    November 3, 2010 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  25. murray

    all of you racist bigots sound so ignorant...you need to take a step back and see what jacked up not just for you fools however, but for all...you're not blind you just hate to admit the mess Bush put Americans in and now you want/think a black man can come in and clean up the white mans mess over night.. if you think you can run this country so much better than Obama then why don't you get up off your white behind and run for president or pray and quit talking trash, trash!!!! because you're no better than blacks...

    November 3, 2010 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
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