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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.

By Tim Craig  |  March 18, 2010; 11:16 AM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Tim Craig  
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Comments

It is beyond me why any minority would be a Republican. The GOP wants nothing to do with you, and has done nothing for you.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 18, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Isn't President Obama only half black? I thought his mother was white. I also thought he was raised for part of life by white grandparents. Yet because he looks black, he is categorized as black? I think he should be considered our first mixed president (black/white). BTW- the black claim is the only reason he was elected president. It was not his rookie experience in government. It was not his community organizer experience, which to this day very few can even explain what a community organizer even does! It was because many in America wanted to see our first black president, so the best they could do was elect a half black guy and call him black. God knew that Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton were not going to get that office!

Posted by: Hotelguest0 | March 18, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Hotelguest0, that, and he was light years better than Grandpa McAngry and the Snowbilly Prom Queen.

Posted by: 20009matt | March 18, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Gee, and I thought all racists were white. If whites voted along racial lines like blacks do, we would be in a far different place today. Maybe more blacks should think about that fact.


Posted by: savethepcbs | March 18, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Lets get the facts straight....

Republican policies are generally more favorable to Blacks then Democrats....

...The Democrats, and specifically Obama, treat Blacks as a whole, like the Black Sheep of the family.

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 18, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

This story would have more validity if there was a comparison done with votes for previous presidential elections. DC is a Democratic city and always votes that way no matter who the presidential candidate is. Sloppy but becoming typical of WaPo columns.

Posted by: rlj1 | March 18, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats don't want anything to do with blacks except for to pimp them. Why do some blacks think the Democrats and Republicans will save or support their best interests? Both parties don't give a hoot about the citizenry. They serve themselves. The Democrats want to give illegal alien Hispanics the right to vote. Illegal alien Hispanics are now the chosen people.

Posted by: cancer1 | March 18, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Gee, and I thought all racists were white. If whites voted along racial lines like blacks do, we would be in a far different place today. Maybe more blacks should think about that fact.


Posted by: savethepcbs | March 18, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

To savethepcbs - If you think that white people didn't/don't vote for other whites because they are white you are delusional. Why can't black people just like other black people? I guess only white people can "look past color" right? Get real.

Posted by: glt1979 | March 18, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

"Gee, and I thought all racists were white. If whites voted along racial lines like blacks do, we would be in a far different place today. Maybe more blacks should think about that fact.

Posted by: savethepcbs

One should think before they open their pie hole. What percentage of blacks voted for Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton when they ran for POTUS? Blacks vote less for their own race than any other group of people.

Posted by: StLou | March 18, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

savethepcbs,

Blacks have voted for white candidates IN EVERY OTHER PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION SINCE THEY WERE GIVEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously, you need to gin up on some basic American History and stop embarrassing yourself.

Posted by: TripLBee | March 18, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

So there are three Blacks in the area who are Republicans? Wow, imagine that. And I thought that Richard Steele, Condelessa Rice, and Colin Power were the only Black Republicans in America. Power is still a Republican isn't he? I remember the GOP kicking him out of the party.
And to savethepcbs: do you mean that of all the white Democrats elected to office in the Senate and the House no Blacks ever voted for them?

Posted by: Jimof1913 | March 18, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

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