Blacks and the 2010 Midterms: A Preliminary Analysis

This publication is a brief review of some of the available evidence on what transpired on November 2, 2010, when the Democrats lost their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and at least 19 state legislative chambers, maintained control in the U.S. Senate, and lost several important gubernatorial elections. The Black vote was critical to the outcome of some closely contested elections, but not enough in many more. In particular, this review will focus on the behavior and significance of African American voters in the 2010 midterm elections; and the changing numbers and profile of Black candidates for both federal and statewide office, as well as their performance at the polls.

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