November 2nd, 2010
10:42 PM ET
12 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. Paul

    @ Corey-
    Also, JC Watts was a Republican and Conservative

    November 3, 2010 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  2. Philip Vasquez

    I ask everyone to think about what it would be like if there were just Latinos and Black people in the U.S. Senate with no White people. Would it be a "non-issue" then?

    November 3, 2010 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  3. Madison

    @Cory concerning your statement: 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 |

    Wrong. Please do not spout off soundbites that you may have heard from your all knowing leaders. Do a little self research THEN make an informed decision or statement. Just one example using a quick google search Gary Franks (R) from Conn elected to the US Rep in 1990.

    November 3, 2010 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  4. Eugenio

    Last time I checked, hispanics were the biggest minority now and will outnumber blacks by over 2 to 1 by 2050, so following the historic " by the numbers representation", why would we expect or care if a black is a senator, as long as we have a hispanic in their? No white guilt here, NY times / Post better accept and deal with that

    November 3, 2010 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  5. WhereAreAsians

    Hey Soledad, why did you forget Asians, the model minority? "Black in America", "Latino in America", that's it?!! That's the melting pot you want: white, black, latino only????

    November 3, 2010 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  6. brown

    There are no East Indian people in the Senate either. What's your point?

    November 3, 2010 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  7. Ds2012

    The Kingom of God is not based on Social Status,Race,Finances, Intelligence,Nobility or Higher Learning it is Based on Faith,
    Obedience and Love in Christ Jesus....For Christians this world is not our Eternal Home we are pilgrims and we need to start thinking like that, we live in a World that has forsaken, forgotten and failed God wake up and see the reality around us
    Corruption, immorality, voilence, hatred and every other evil. We are in it but not of it we are influence by a theocracy
    allthough we live in a Democracy. And we must never forget the true examination of the faith Love to God and others
    We have Forgotten God is Holy and Just and he is calling this whole world into repentance.

    November 3, 2010 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  8. sharky

    Sadly does not surprise me. Study was done at, I cannot remember which high ranking university, but it shows that blacks are not favored when it comes to polls and elections. That shows even Democrats do not favor blacks. So people can spend all day calling the Republicans racist, history completely counters that, not to mention Democrats are just as racist.

    November 3, 2010 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  9. annie

    Wonderful! America`s unchallenged position as the last bastion of racism in the world is again cemented. If Hilary Clinton were President & had done even 1 of the great things President Obama has done racist America would have no problem! The democrats would have kept both the house & the senate.
    Look at what Caucasian George Bush was allowed to get away with for 8 years!!!!
    I am tired of the lies, call it like it is people,

    November 3, 2010 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  10. matt

    that's too bad. i'm all about diversity.

    November 3, 2010 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  11. steve

    Whoever that idiot Wayne is. You need to take your meds. You are one bitter person.
    As far as the senate, this is amazing. But the fact remains, if there are qualified candidates, then either party needs to promote them. One person can't do it by him or herself. This race thing never ends.

    November 3, 2010 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  12. socal

    Why is it CNN seems to only care about African Americans and Latinos why is it they make it seem like Asians native Americans and other minority groups don't matter? We need to stop this and realize we are all on the Sam team

    November 3, 2010 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  13. Johhny

    This article is BS!!! It exist for the very purpose of stirring up racism!!!!

    November 3, 2010 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  14. Anthony

    This does not surprise me, but it should be expected. With the election of a African-American Presdient there was never a "Watershed" moment realized that we could be anything we wanted with hard work, sacrifice and responsibility toward ourselves. For years we have dealt with being a meager minority represented in this country and I guess that will continue until "WE" start taking responsibility for ourselves. I guess it would be hopeful with the Senate maintaining its 4 Democratic majority to make the difference before bills go to the President before coming law. God is watching man's inhumanity towards one another and he has a solution! I just watching the sky and hoping that that through my faith in his only Son that I and my love ones can leave one day. This world does not have for long!

    November 3, 2010 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  15. AK

    First of all, why is this news???? Dont we have anything else more important to discuss!!!
    Second; this country already saw what happens when you elect someone based on the color of their skin. This is the first time since the early 90's (and correct me if I am wrong) that the US Dollar has went down in value, even America Jr. (AKA Canada), who has always been behind the US in the value of currency has caught up. What the hell's wrong with this!!!!!!!!!
    That is what happens when you elect someone based on the color of their skin as opposed to the experience and knowledge of running a country, exactly what we are going through right now. In closing, elect people who can run a country, not people who are different, just because we have a black president does not make the US less racist than it was before so quit trying to sugarcoat everything. And to CNN, quit pulling the race card every 3.5 seconds, its getting old!!!!

    November 3, 2010 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  16. V W

    Even in other countries, an idiot who is fairer undermines the other (darker) people. America would like to believe and tout that we are done with racism...though reality is something different. This country has also not allowed a woman president so far..and we like to call ourselves..developed leaders... This is who we are....... Let's face it. On other hand Politicians like anywhere else are useless people who don't give a damn about common people and play with our emotions. Unless a common man can start using common sense and logic instead of being fooled by politicians...nothing will ever change.

    November 3, 2010 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  17. Ibot

    That's what you get when only 4.7% of Black citizens voted, according to early calculations.

    No action... No complaining.

    November 3, 2010 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  18. Robin

    I tell you I am soooo sick of the color/race card!!! Each of us is a PERSON and I voted for a Person, plain and simple. Seriousy, I don't care if your green and from the moon, if you can do an honest and good job, then get in there and do it!
    I think what really pissed me off is the media fueling it or even calling it news...
    We as a nation will NEVER get to a point of treating our fellow American and as brothers and equals if the media and others keep fueling the fire!
    Grow the hell up America!

    November 3, 2010 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  19. Anonymous


    JC Watts was a black republican Congressman from Oklahoma

    November 3, 2010 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  20. Ron

    I am black and i think this article is a non-issue regarding what happened tonight. Tonights vote was on President Obama policies and the nations has spoke and me being an american I can respect that. I voted for President Obama because he promised change and would work with republicans which he did not. I don't believe this is a black/white issue. Anyone with any common sense knows that President Bush ran this country into the ground. The vote tonight is about jobs plain and simple. Dems and rep will never work together and for the first time in my life, I am seriously thinking about becoming an independent. I love this country and I want someone who can change the way washington works and please work for the people.

    November 3, 2010 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  21. matter

    Nothing but greed that's what it is all about.

    November 3, 2010 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  22. Andrew

    I I betcha everyone here who says race doesn't matter are whites! LOL Of course it's all too easy to say such things when everyone in the senate is the same race as you!!! You wouldn't be saying the same thing if the senate consist of 100% black or hispanics or asians etc!

    November 3, 2010 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  23. The Whisper

    what color is our lord and savior? Thats the question. When we die, we will all return to dust!

    November 3, 2010 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  24. Anonymous

    It is the big elephant in the room.Everybody knows ir exists. But no body admits it

    November 3, 2010 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  25. kevin collins

    I don't know if the reason is that after only TWO YEARS things are not PEACHY.... there has to be something else and people are too weak to one admit it, and two say it. There is NO WAY that you could have expected a near depression situation to be cleaned up in two years by the President and Congress. NO LOGICAL WAY. In what country would that be possible?! There is no time being given for the current policies set in place to actually WORK. Now we will get a chance to witness the cycle of true change potentially broken by people who don't understand what and who they are voting for, who have more than the "economy" as their reasons for quickly turning to the side of those who played a KEY role in getting us to where we are today. Sad night.

    November 3, 2010 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
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