Wednesday, February 2, 2011

SPR: Blacks Lost Clout In 2010 Election

By Hastings Wyman/Southern Political Report ~ After the 2010 elections, the absolute number of black state legislators remained about the same in Southern states, but their power was sharply reduced. For the first time in the post-civil rights era, a majority of black legislators in the South will serve as members of the minority party.

Since 98 percent of black state legislators are Democrats, when the Republicans took control of some 20 state legislative chambers across the country, the result was a major loss in political power for African-American state lawmakers.

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