November 2nd, 2010
09:25 PM ET
12 years ago

RNC: Record number of African-Americans on ballots

New York (CNN) - A record number of African-American Republicans are on the ballot for congressional seats tonight, more than have run since reconstruction, according to the Republican National Committee.

According to the Frederick Douglass Foundation, there are 14 black Republicans running tonight. There were 38 before the primaries.

Pre-election polls showed three of them with a decent chance of winning: retired Army Lt. Col Allen West in Florida, who is running against Rep. Ron Klein in Palm Beach, Ryan Frazier in Colorado, who's up against Rep. Ed Perlmutter and Tim Scott who is running against Ben Frazier in South Carolina.

The Military Times says that 12 percent of African-Americans in the military identify with being Republican, while the civilian average is only 5 percent. By CNN's count, 6 of the 14 black GOP candidates running are military veterans.

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