Some Black Republicans to Watch
Several Blacks are trying to alter the face of the Republican party from Texas to Florida by retaining or winning US House seats. None of the four candidates who have gained much national attention are in majority Black districts. Only Jennifer-Ruth Green is running in a district that has a significant Black population.
Republicans say they’re breaking party records for diversity, with 80 women who are House incumbents or candidates on midterm ballots nationwide. The GOP also has 28 Black nominees, 33 Hispanic Americans, 13 Asian Americans and three American Indians running, according to the National Republican Campaign Committee, the party’s House campaign arm. Here are four of those Black Republicans to watch:
Rep. Burgess Owens - Utah 04 – one percent Black – The former safety with the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders is a heavy favorite to win a second term in Congress. Black people make up just 1.5 percent of Utah’s population. Remarkably, his Democrat opponent, Darlene McDonald, is also Black. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) rates him at 33 percent – F.
Byron Donalds – Florida 19 – seven percent Black - He, too, is headed for a second term. However, the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (HBCU) graduate’s ambition is to become the GOP’s No. 3. He is taking on Elise Stefanik (NY) and it has been reported that they both are talking to the disgraced, twice impeached Donald Trump. Number 3 on the Democratic side is Jim Clyburn (SC) as House Majority Whip. ACLU rates Donalds at 11 percent – F.
John James – Michigan 10 – 4 percent Black - The two-time failed Senate candidate is the Republican nominee for this open seat, which Trump would've won extremely narrowly in 2020. James supported Ted Cruz in the 2016 Republican Party presidential primaries. He later became a Donald Trump supporter.
Jennifer-Ruth Green – Indiana 1 – 18 percent Black - She said her campaign can keep the race with Democrat Frank Mrvan tight by capturing 20% support from Black voters. Green’s bumper stickers and yard signs feature military-looking star insignia and don’t list party in this district that encompasses Gary and has been redrawn to be slightly more friendly to Republicans. Katie Hall, the author of the King Holiday bill that passed, once held this seat.