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Black candidates continue to lose. Earlier this month, two black women hoping to win the Democrat nomination for Senate in Ohio lost to a white moderate, Tim Ryan. Last night, Democrats in Kentucky’s 3rd congressional district also chose a white man over a black woman. Morgan McGarvey beat BLM activist Attica Scott, 63 percent to 37 percent.
Sept. 24, 2020, Louisville, Kentucky: State Representative Attica Scott is arrested for curfew violation during a Breonna Taylor Protest. (Credit Image: © Leslie Spurlock / ZUMA Wire)
In Pennsylvania, Republicans voted to nominate a Senate candidate. Despite rumors of a sudden surge in support, the black woman, Kathy Barnette, finished a distant third. The ultimate winner will not be known until next month because the state requires a recount in close elections.
Kathy Barnette, Republican U.S. Senate candidate, speaks at the Pennsylvania State Capitol. About 100 people attended. (Credit Image: © Paul Weaver / SOPA Images via ZUMA Press Wire)
The two major black candidates who did win their primaries are unlikely to win in the general election. Kentucky Democrats chose Charles Booker to run against Rand Paul in November, but no Democrat has won a Senate race in that state since 1992, and Sen. Paul won his last two races by more than ten points.
In North Carolina, Democrats chose a black woman, Cheri Beasley to run for Senate. She will face Republican Congressman Ted Budd, a white man. Mrs. Beasley has a better chance of winning the general election than Mr. Booker does, but the odds still aren’t in her favor. The last time a North Carolina Democrat won a senate race was in 2008.
May 12, 2021, Washington, DC: U.S. Representative Ted Budd (R-NC) speaking at a press conference about banning federal funding for the teaching of critical race theory. (Credit Image: © Michael Brochstein / ZUMA Press Wire)
In Florida’s senate race, the Democrat nominee will probably be a black woman, Congresswoman Val Demings. She will face incumbent Marco Rubio, who won his last two senate races easily in a state that increasingly leans Republican.
United States Representative Val Demings (Credit Image: © Mandel Ngan – Pool Via Cnp / CNP via ZUMA Press Wire)
Recent results do not portend a rising tide of color.