Record number of black Republicans running for office

Winsome Sears addresses supporters in Chantilly, Virginia, Nov. 3, 2021. (Video screenshot)
Winsome Sears addresses supporters in Chantilly, Virginia, Nov. 3, 2021. (Video screenshot)

A record 81 black candidates are running for Congress as Republicans this year, an increase of more than 50% over the 2020 election cycle, according to the National Republican Congressional Committee.

In an opinion column for Newsweek, Jeff Charles noted the new development comes after decades of struggling to attract minorities minority voters as well as candidates.

Charles, the host of “A Fresh Perspective” podcast, said that in the “post-Trump era, it appears the GOP is beginning to embrace a new strategy, one that includes supporting minority and female candidates to appeal to a broader swath of voters.”

However, the trend actually began under President Trump, who won the approval of a substantial portion of black voters  and featured many black leaders during the 2020 Republican convention.

The black conventions speakers recounted Trump’s accomplishments for the black community, including the lowest unemployment rate ever, the prison and criminal sentence-reforming First Step Act, the “opportunity zones” that incentivize investment in poor areas, permanent funding for historically black colleges and universities, and promoting school choice.

In an interview with the Washington Times in March, Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., listed a number of black Republicans, like himself, who have been elected to office, including Rep. Burgess Owens of Utah, former Rep. Allen West of Florida, former Rep. Mia Love of Utah, Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears and North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson.

“And what they say is, ‘You know what? Maybe I should step up, too,'” he told the Times.

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