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May 27, 2011

Black Republicans may be in decline when it comes to numbers, but those remaining are all running for President.

image Herman Cain
With New York local character/activist Jimmy McMillan already in the race and commentator/businessman Herman Cain announcing his candidacy last weekend, a recent poll made it official; every single black Republican voter is currently seeking the Republican nomination for President in 2012.

Washington-based polling service Spig Wead Information Systems announced yesterday that their latest scientific poll, which they say has a 5% plus or minus margin of error, shows that after discounting McMillan and Cain themselves, there are effectively no remaining black republicans.

Other former prominent black Republicans, such as former Secretary of State Colin Powell, diplomat-turned-author Alan Keyes and ex-congressman J.C. Watts, now a lobbyist and commentator, are not as solidly Republican as they once were. Political moderate Powell endorsed Barack Obama in the 2008 election. Keyes, who has previously run for office as a Republican sought the Constitution Party’s nomination for President in 2008. Watts indicated the same year that he was considering voting for Barack Obama and has consistently criticized the Republican Party for not reaching out to the black community. Even longtime Republican and NBA legend Charles Barkley endorsed Obama and turned away from his former party in recent years.

Black Republican numbers have dwindled recently, despite making up almost 10% of African-American voters only a few years ago. Many observers have blamed the success of President Obama and the racist undertone in the tea party “movement” for the black community’s current lack of interest in Republican candidates of all races. This is despite the fact that the Republican Party was created in opposition to slavery in the mid-19th century and for most of the next century was the party of choice for black voters.

Even candidate McMillan can hardly be called a consistent supporter of the GOP. In his many attempts to gain public office, he has run as a Democrat and as a member of “The Rent Is Too Damn High Party,” which he founded. He is not only in favor of same-sex marriage, which many Republicans oppose, but he once said that he would allow a marriage between a person and a shoe. He did not specify the gender of the person or the shoe in question.

image Jimmy McMillan, who has the best hair in U.S. politics
“In many ways, this simplifies things,” says former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, another candidate in the race.

“I’ve always wanted to reach out to black Republicans, and now every time there’s a debate, every single one of