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The year of the black Republican, revisited

A few weeks ago, reporters and pundits were dumping ice water on the narrative that 2010 would be a "year of the black Republican." But last night, South Carolina's Tim Scott was only one of two African Americans who locked down GOP nominations for Congress. The other, Bill Randall, won a runoff in North Carolina and will face adroit Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.). Miller has faced off against black Republicans in the past, and Randall enters the race most famous for wondering whether government "collusion" led to the BP spill. So this might be a case of a black candidate garnering headlines but acting, effectively, as a sacrificial lamb.

Last year, Frum Forum ran down the names of non-white Republicans making bids in 2010. Here's how the black candidates are faring right now.

Out of the game: Lou Huddleston, who badly lost a bid to challenge from freshman Rep. Larry Kissell (D-N.C.); Les Phillip, who lost a primary against Rep. Parker Griffith (R-Ala.); Michael Williams, the Texas Railroad Commissioner who put together the pieces of a U.S. Senate bid before Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison dashed his chance to run this year by remaining in her job; and Angela McGlowan, a Fox News commentator, who lost a congressional primary for the 1st district of Mississippi.

On the horizon: Lt. Col. Allen West (ret.), who continues to out-fundraise Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.), although he's spending a lot of that money on direct mail; Ryan Frazier, an Aurora city councilman and Navy veteran running in Colorado's 7th district; Star Parker, a columnist and TV commentator running in California's 37th district. Of these candidates, Parker looks the most like a publicity-seeker -- the district gave 80 percent of the vote to Barack Obama in 2008.

By David Weigel  |  June 23, 2010; 4:50 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election , Race  
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