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Who will be the second black president?
Who might be the next black president? Here are some likely contenders.
Digital First Media· Wed, Jan 09 2013 07:20:25
President Barack Obama’s path to the White House was seen by many as unlikely. But now that he’s shown the way, some think it may be easier for the country to elect another black candidate. Here are some likely contenders for 2016 or beyond.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick talks reporters in 2012. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Despite Gov. Deval Patrick’s claims that he would return to the private sector in 2014 after serving as governor of Massachusetts, his name continues to surface for other political posts. He is
to be in the running to replace U.S. Sen. John Kerry or for a position in the Obama administration.
Elected the Bay State’s
first black governor
in 2006, Patrick served on the heels of Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee for president. He gave an
at the 2012 Democratic convention and has been a frequent surrogate for Obama.
On the negative side, after the losses of Romney, Sen. John Kerry and former Gov. Michael Dukakis, neither party may want to run a Massachusetts politician for president any time soon.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
Condoleezza Rice speaks on the Stanford University campus in 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
first African-American woman
to serve as secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice
that she is not interested in running for national office.
On the negative side, Rice has never run for office, so her day-to-day campaigning skills are largely untested. And she’s
that she probably could not win a Republican presidential primary without a major conversion on the issue.
South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott
Tim Scott smiles at the announcement he will replace Jim DeMint in the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley appointed then-Rep. Tim Scott to fill the Senate seat vacated when Jim DeMint left to become president of the Heritage Foundation.
The appointment made Scott the
first black senator
from the Republican Party in the South since Reconstruction, as well as the first black Republican senator since Sen. Edward Brooke of Massachusetts lost in 1978.
As a staunch conservative and an evangelical Christian from a Southern state, Scott would be well-positioned in a Republican presidential primary. First, though, he would have to win the
2014 special election to retain his seat and raise his national profile.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker
Newark Mayor Cory Booker addresses the Democratic National Convention in 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Cory Booker was a city councilman in Newark, N.J., from 1998 to 2002 and then vaulted to mayor in 2006. He is known for school system reforms,
masterful use of Twitter
and heroics such as
storming into a burning building
to help rescue an elderly woman.
His name has come up among the Democratic Party’s future presidential prospects, but first he’ll have to win a statewide office. He’s already made it clear he probably won’t challenge popular Republican Gov. Chris Christie.
That means a run for the Senate in 2014, which presents its own obstacles. It’s not clear that Democratic incumbent Sen. Frank Lautenberg is ready to leave, and
Booker may face a primary challenge as well.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is photographed in his city hall office in Atlanta in 2010. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Still in his first term as mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed, a Democrat, raised his profile as an Obama surrogate. He is favored for re-election as mayor and also is seen as someone who
could win higher office
For now, his biggest obstacle is the state’s political climate, but that could change soon. Some experts say the growing Latino vote could
make Georgia a swing state sometime in the next decade.
Reed doesn’t look like he’ll be running soon, though. He’s publicly said he believes Hillary Clinton will run in 2016 and that she
could win the Peach State