August 28, 2004

Black delegates at 2004 RNC double the number of 2000

The 167 black delegates at the Republican National Convention beginning Monday are more than double the number that attended in 2000, according to a new study from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

“This dramatic increase in African American delegate participation is a remarkable showing for the Republican convention, and it will be interesting to see whether it filters into the voting booths come November,” said Joint Center president Eddie N. Williams. “Our polling since the 2000 election has indicated some increasing support for Republicans among younger African Americans, although as shown in the 2002 midterms, this generally has not translated into more votes for the GOP.”
Black delegates make up nearly 7 percent of the total number of delegates, the largest percentage since the 1912 GOP convention at 6 percent.

Increases in the black Republican vote have been fleeting though. The black vote for George W. Bush was around 9% of the total black vote in 2000, and the expectation is that a number of 10-11% will vote Republican this fall.

While most people feel that this represents a failure in the GOP's overall outreach, I count a single percentage point increase as a victory -- it indicates that there is an increase in conservative political thought in black America, and as I've said repeatedly, we (as conservatives in general, and black conservatives in particular) must "crawl before we walk."

Posted by mhking at August 28, 2004 08:39 AM

Even a bursting dam starts out as a mere crack through which only a trickle flows.

Posted by: McGehee at August 28, 2004 09:23 AM

Hmm...167 blacks is still not even 6% of the total attendees. Not impressed. And where are the Asian-Americans and Muslim Americans?

Posted by: Cheb Khaled at August 28, 2004 05:52 PM

You don't need to be impressed.

You can stay comfortably on the Democratic "plantation."

Posted by: mhking at August 28, 2004 07:47 PM

Considering that blacks only accounted for about 2% of total ballots cast for George W. Bush in 2000, blacks are arguably overrepresented here. It should also be noted that the RNC doesn't have the Democrats' delegate quota scheme for its convention.

Posted by: molotov at August 29, 2004 04:16 AM
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