For #black candidates, top spots still elusive. #africanamerican #politics

(USA Today) The theory was that Barack Obama’s election as president in 2008 signaled a new era for black candidates trying to win statewide contests for senator or governor.

Now, Rep. Kendrick Meek is struggling with the reality.

In Florida, the 43-year-old African-American congressman, long the presumptive Democratic nominee in the state’s tumultuous Senate race, is trying to fend off a surprise primary challenge from a Palm Beach billionaire and running a distant third in general-election matchups against a darling of the anti-tax “Tea Party” movement and the state’s popular governor.

Nationwide, the number of African Americans winning major-party nominations for the high-profile offices hasn’t risen in the wake of Obama’s election. It has gone down.

A record six black candidates claimed these nominations in the 2006 midterms. This year, no more than four have a reasonable chance to be nominated.

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