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Republican congressional candidate Mia Love talks with reporters during the Utah State GOP election night watch party Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

This midterm election Republicans not only took over the house and the senate, they made history with Black Republicans Mia Love and Tim Scott and Will Hurd.

An African-American woman has been elected to Congress as a member of the Republican Party for the first time. Yes you heard me, this is not a misprint or typo. Her name is Mia Love, she a 38-year-old former small town mayor, electrified conservatives in Utah with her promise to take on “the Godzilla that we call the federal government” and won in the state’s fourth congressional district.

“This is a great night for our nation. It is especially a great night for Utah,” Ms. Love told supporters. Referring to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the Mormon Church, she went on, “Many of the naysayers out there said that Utah would never elect a black, Republican, LDS woman to Congress. And guess what? Not only did we do it, we were the first to do it.”

She will join Tim Scott, the first elected African-American Senator from South Carolina, as one of just three African-American Republicans in Congress. The Democrats count 43 members in their current Congressional ranks.
This may be very instrumental in the Republican Party’s trying to capture more of the black vote in upcoming presidential race. BW reported in October that potential presidential contender, Republican Gov. Chris Christie who recently delivered the keynote address at an annual New Jersey NAACP conference for the first time in five years, realize just how important the black vote is.

In 2012, President Obama won 93% of the black vote. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated that in that year for the first time, African-American voters cast ballots at a higher rate than whites.

Mrs. Love’s journey to Washington is an interesting tale, to say the least. Born in New York to Catholic parents who had immigrated from Haiti just two years earlier. Love comes from a hardworking family who saved money and eventually moved on up to the east side, I mean Connecticut.

After university, Mrs. Love converted to Mormonism and began working as a flight attendant before moving to Utah. There she met Jason Love, a white Mormon man. Their first date was at a gun range and three months later they were married. The couple have two daughters and a son.

Then six-year on the city council before becoming mayor of a small but growing city of Sarasota Springs. A Haitian-American who converted to Mormonism, wins in Utah, just the kind of story Republicans love to tell: how faith, family, and hard work led to success, without ever turning to the state for help along the way. That makes her a Republican Rock Star.

Republican Tim Scott became South Carolina’s first elected black senator Tuesday night with his victory over Democrat Joyce Dickerson. Scott is no stranger to the halls of Congress, though — he was appointed to the Senate in 2013 when then-Senator Jim DeMint resigned to lead the Heritage Foundation. With his Election Night win, Scott becomes the first popularly elected black senator in the South since Reconstruction.

Scott’s win also made him the first African-American in U.S. history to be elected to both the House and the Senate.

Many African-American have felt the Democratic Party has taking their vote for granted for years. The Republican who have been getting crushed by Democrats in the race for black votes for years, see this as a prime opportunity to reach out more the black voters. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Gov. Chris Christie in New Jersey who have been discussed as potential 2016 contenders have all publicly acknowledged they will going after the black vote.

In addition to Love and Scott, Texas, pro-life congressional candidate Will Hurd won his race, unseating Rep. Pete Gallego.

Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri said “we have a truly historic result because Will will be the first Republican of African-American descent from the state of Texas since Reconstruction to represent our state in the House of Representatives.”

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden congratulated Hurd on a “hard-earned victory.”

“Will ran a fantastic campaign that focused on the issues Texans care about. Will truly has dedicated his life to helping his country and this is yet another proud chapter,” Walden said. “I’m honored to call him a friend and colleague.”

If the 2014 Midterm Election of Love, Scott, Hurd are early markers to what we can expect in 2016, Democrats should be concerned. Democrats who traditionally counted the black vote as a certainty for years will have to step their game up to keep it. Lets be clear the Black Vote is still the Democrats to lose, but with the Republicans reaching out more to African-American, the possible shifting of control in the Congress and the emergence of the Independence Party and others as an alternative to shifting things in either direction, depending how the wind is blowing, the Democrats have some work ahead of them.

“The question remains if these candidates are just symbols without substance that the Republican Party is NOT inherently racist OR is the party gaining the support of Blacks as it did after President Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation. Time will only tell,” said BW Publisher Damon K. Jones in closing.

AJ Woodson

AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company, Host & Producer of the People Before Politics Radio Show. AJ is a Father, Brother, An Author, Journalism Fellow (Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism), Hip-Hop Artist - one third of the legendary underground rap group JVC FORCE known for the single Strong Island, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian, Documentarian, Activist, Criminal Justice Advocate and Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale,,, Rolling Out Newspaper, Daily Challenge Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine, Word Up! Magazine, On The Go Magazine and several others.

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Jay November 16, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Way to go! Conservatism is not a racial concept as it applies to all people of all races and religions. The Democratic party has used blacks and other minority groups for decades and after all their speeches and nonsense has produced nothing but loyal voters who are loyal to a welfare machine that couldn’t care less about them. Good to see that the party that freed the slaves is now breaking through the overly emotional democratic party that has talked a good game but has provided nothing but welfare and despair for minorities looking to make their way in this great country. Hope to see more!

John Hodgins November 6, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Good for them!! The Democratic Party should not take the African-American population for granted!!


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