How many black voters in D.C. opted for McCain? Here are three.
Here something to ponder today: How many African Americans in the District voted for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz. ) over President Obama in the 2008 presidential elections?
No one knows that exact answer, but there are at least three.
The D.C. Republican Committee announced this week that it will be fielding three African-American Republican candidates for ward council seats in this fall's elections.
Marc Morgan, a black Republican, plans to run in Ward 1 for the seat currently held by Council member Jim Graham (D). Timothy Day, another African American, plans to run in Ward 5 for the seat currently held by Harry Thomas (D). And David Hedgepeth is running in Ward 3 against Council member Mary M. Cheh (D).
In the 2008 elections, some high-profile black Republicans, most notably former Secretary of State Colin Powell, broke ranks with their party to support Obama, who was running to become the nation's first black president.
But Day, Hedgepeth and Morgan all stated in interviews this week they stuck with their party and voted for McCain.
A review of 2008 election results in the District shows just how rare it was for an African-American to support McCain over Obama in the District
Obama secured 93 percent of the vote in the District, leaving McCain with only 17,367 votes citywide, according to the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics.
While it's impossible to break down McCain's vote total by race, election results offer many clues into how strongly the District's black community rallied behind Obama.
In Ward 8, where African-Americans make up 92 percent of the population, Obama received 99 percent of the vote. Obama also received 99 percent in Ward 7, where blacks make up 97 percent of the population.
Obama's share of the vote dropped to 97 percent in Ward 5, where blacks make up 88 percent of residents, according to NeighborhoodinfoDC.org
Since they will be running on local issues, the local GOP ticket's voting habits in 2008 surely won't be a dominant issue in the fall campaign.
But if the African-American GOP candidates start making inroads, especially with the black community, look for Democrats to start highlighting Day, Hedgepeth and Morgan's support for McCain in a campaign brochure or two.
Unless, of course, Obama falters so badly this year that even liberal District Democrats start running away from him and his record.
March 18, 2010; 11:16 AM ET
Categories: 2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Tim Craig
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