Historic American Election: Two Blacks in the Senate

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The 2014 election was a disaster for Democrats, but it didn’t stop history from being made. Two blacks were elected to the Senate on their own. One is Democratic while the other, guess what, Republican. Wonders shall never cease. Both were already senators, and the Republican though he won will be going again in two years for another substantive election. 

Cory Booker (45), the Democratic senator from New Jersey (and I have voted for him three times now), had contested for the seat formerly held by late Senator Frank Lautenberg. He had to go through the primaries which he won in August 2013 and then contested for the by-election on October 16, which he won to become a United States Senator. He had to contest this year for the substantive six-year senatorial term and he defeated his Republican opponent Jeff Bell by 56.21%(968,320) to 41.96% (722,879).

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Senator Cory Booker



The Republican, Senator Tim Scott (499, originally won a seat to the South Carolina House of Assembly in 2010. Then, in 2013, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley named him a U.S. Senator to replace Mr. Jim Demint who had resigned from the Senate. Scott was the first African-American elected to the Congress from South Carolina since reconstruction. He won this year to serve out the two years of DeMitt’s term. He will be running again in 2016 for a substantive six-year term. 

As of today, black Americans hold the office of President of the United States; two senators, and one Governor Deval Patrick, who is leaving office due to term limits. With his exit, black America has no other person as Governor. On the other hand, East Indian-Americans have two Governors, all Republicans, Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana. There are 43 black members of Congress or 10.18% of the number of total congressional members. Blacks make up 14.2% of the U.S. population or 45 million people. 

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Senator Tim Scott



Source: africaelectionsinstitute.org