Comments: IL GOP chooses Keyes to go up against Obama for US Senate seat

This will still be a lock. Keyes will lose by double digits.

Posted by Expertise at August 5, 2004 12:09 AM

I think you're right, but the debates will be something worth watching for everyone -- I, for one, am looking forward to them!

Posted by mhking at August 5, 2004 12:13 AM

will admit to some staggering ignorance now.

Until I came across this blog and alarming news i had no idea that there were any Black congress and senatorial candidates who were both black and GOP. Not something the media over here mentions. Don't recall seeing anything on CNN when I am at home either.

question. I have come across Herman Cain and now this guy Keyes and obviously project 21. but how many black candidates are running for the GOP and roguhly what proportion of blacks vote GOP?

Posted by Nick Saunders at August 5, 2004 05:33 AM

Not too many -- in 2000, about 9-10% of black voters cast votes for President Bush. It's anticipated that similar numbers will vote that way this year.

The percentage of black Republican candidates nationally is even smaller. There is a small handful of black Republican elected officials across the nation. The most notable ones would be Maryland Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele, Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams and Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blanchard.

Gary Franks and J.C. Watts are black Republicans who have been members of the US House in the past ten years (from Connecticut & Oklahoma, respectively). The number of candidates for all three levels of office (national, state & local) is increasing with each election, and gains are being made on the local level increasingly across the country. But overall the numbers remain small.

Posted by Michael King at August 5, 2004 07:20 AM

I think it was carpetbagging when Hillary did it, and I think this is the same. Bad decision imho.

Posted by King of Fools at August 5, 2004 09:00 AM

I like Keyes a lot. I hope he accepts, despite the problems that will arise from the carpetbagging issue. I think he's tougher than that, and the best of the field they were looking at yesterday.

Posted by Deb at August 5, 2004 01:08 PM

I like Keyes too. He makes a lot of sense.

Posted by Jane at August 5, 2004 07:27 PM

"I deeply resent the destruction of federalism represented by Hillary Clinton's willingness to go into a state she doesn't even live in and pretend to represent people there," Alan Keyes on Fox News on March 17, 2000.

Posted by jab at August 8, 2004 06:56 PM

Michael, I agree that Keyes will make for some excellent debates, but his candidacy is barely legitimate, even by his own standards (which Jab reminds us of in the previous comment). I will be especially interested to see how he justifies his own bit of carpetbaggery.

Posted by Toby Petzold at August 8, 2004 08:23 PM
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