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Black Pols Stymied In Obama Era

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 13:  Linda Sanchez, D-Ca. Dennis Cardoza, D-CA, Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Artur Davis, D-Al., and Mik
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 13: Linda Sanchez, D-Ca. Dennis Cardoza, D-CA, Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Artur Davis, D-Al., and Mike Feeley, D-CO., during a breakfast hosted by Rep. Menendez the vice Chairman of the Democratic Caucus for Democratic members-elect. (Photo By Douglas Graham/Roll Call/Getty Images)

More than five years after Barack Obama won the Iowa caucuses and demolished the notion that white voters wouldn’t support a black presidential candidate, progress for other African-American politicians remains elusive. Even as the country elected and reelected Obama, making it seem increasingly unremarkable to have a black family in the White House, African-Americans are scarce and bordering on extinct in the U.S. Senate and governorships.

The president is indeed exceptional — but in the wrong sense of the phrase as it applies to other black politicians.

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