No African-American senators likely in near future
April 4th, 2012
03:45 PM ET
8 years ago

No African-American senators likely in near future

(CNN) - Few might realize it, but Tuesday's primary elections might have quietly sealed the racial and ethnic makeup of the U.S. Senate for a couple of more years.

On Tuesday, C. Anthony Muse, thought to be the strongest black candidate for U.S. Senate this year, lost his Democratic primary race in Maryland, coming in a distant second to Sen. Ben Cardin, the incumbent. CNN found only one other African-American on a Senate ballot, a Florida candidate who isn't getting much attention among a wide field of contenders.


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  1. rightytighty

    America has finally had its fill of failed community leaders.

    April 4, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Ins1te

    He will win again in November. Watch and weep.

    April 4, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. GOP Doubling Down on Fascism

    Speaking as an african-american, I wouldn;t want to serve in this dysfunctional Congress to begin with. Seeing how african-american congress members in the House were treated during the healthcare debate is not a great motivator either. This country is filled with so much hatred.

    April 4, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    Well, it took only a few minutes and already the righties are showing their true colors. Ask youself this, though: if Romney is elected and the economy tanks ( and it will if he gets his and Ryan's budget shoved through), will people have had enough of glorified events planners running the country? Do your eally want someone who needed huge amounts of federal money to bail out his sporting event, yet would let companies be liquidated and lose millions of jobs?When was the last time you hired someone for a job who ranked 47th out of 50 at something important like, say, job creation? Would you take someone seriously who could not offer a consistent world view when they hit their 60s? Thats what the GOP wants you to ignore and/or accept.

    April 4, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. Dave

    last rebut at righty tighty

    April 4, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    . . . failed community organizers? I did not realize that McConnell, Kyl, DeMint, Vitters, Rubio, and the rest of the lying republicans in the senate were community organizers. At least the president has not failed.

    April 4, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    rightytighty wrote:

    America has finally had its fill of failed community leaders.
    We may not know who to blame for DC gridlock and being out of touch with average Americans, but at least we know who we cannot blame. Community leaders. Thanks for pointing that out.

    April 4, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. Mikey

    @rightytighty – "America has finally had its fill of failed community leaders"
    The article is about the racial makeup of the Senate. So, what exactly do you think "America has had its fill of"? Please explain.

    April 4, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. Annie, Atlanta

    rightytighty – speak for yourself. I'd much rather see a man who gave enough of a darn about people to be a community organizer, than a vulture capitalist. My husband and I owned a small share in a company taken over by vulture capitalists. All that hard work just to line their pockets. I know that in Republican world everyone thinks like you, but there's a whole world outside that bubble you live in. And it's full of people who just want to earn a decent wage, keep a roof over their heads, maybe raise a kid or two, educate them, and retire with dignity. Is that too much to ask? Apparently for your guys it is. Only they get to have the dignity, the government money, and all those nice things.

    We need more African Americans in Congress, and the state houses, as well as women and Hispanics. It's about time that we wrestle the power away from old white men. They keep doing the same things over and over again expecting a different result. (Hey, isn't that the definition of insanity?). Time to shake things up a little.

    April 4, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. once upon a horse

    or SCOTUS judges either because if Obama is in office and picks one it would be called a "RACIST" choice by the right wing regardless how more qualified the pick might be.

    April 4, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. Independent Voters

    How can a african american person run as a senate and the republican are trying to take black people voteing rights.
    Do you see how they treat president Obama as chief like he no leaders.
    This country is very racist against african people in higher office.

    Stop the racist in our counrty.

    April 4, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. BLKMANinAmerica

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO whz we gonna doo now? WTHeck evea.............................that makes repuks feel good I'm sure.

    April 4, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. hamsta

    Thats cuz obama ruined everything for the black man in politics.

    April 4, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. Dman968

    African-Americans have traditionally not done well in Statewide political positions like Senator or Governor. Your race matter more in those type of positions. Obama is the type of politician that comes around once in a generation. He trancends race and has wide appeal by being bi-racial.

    April 4, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. gay canines union

    and what about a seat or two for our best furry friends? Can you spare a seat, or a leg?

    April 4, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    Don't even really need to comment in this one...just grab your popcorn and wait for the GOPers/Teatrolls to do the damage to themselves....

    April 4, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. GOP Doubling Down on Fascism

    I'd sure love to see Dr. Cornell West or let's say Dr. Michael Eric Dyson run for Senate. That will drive righties crazy. But realistically speaking, Rep. John Lewis can run for Senate and probably win. I'm not sure how probable that is in South Carolina where Sen. Dememted is the senator.

    April 4, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. once upon a horse

    @ hamsta......

    if ANYONE may have ruined it as you say for the black man in politics look at the likes of Allen West, Herman Cain, Mike Steele, and Judge Clarence Thomas. I would take 100 Obamas over that lot anyday.

    April 4, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |