From the LA Times:

But some in the black community believe he holds a special obligation to advance other black office seekers. "I think Obama can do more for Meek," said Katherine Tate, a political science professor at UC Irvine. "We need more cheerleading from the president for Meek and for Democratic candidates in races in minority communities." History, however, is being made in other ways. This year ironically has seen a surge of African Americans running for office from a more unlikely direction - the right.

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