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Blacks in Politics, Part 1

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Barack Obama with daughter Milia, 2004

Courtesy of AP

In 2004 Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Alan Keyes both campaigned to be the next U.S. senator of Illinois. For the first time in US history, two black, major-party candidates were running against each other for a Sentate seat. On 2 November 2004 Barak Obama won this historical race and became the fifth black U.S. senator in the nation's history, following in the footsteps of Hiram R. Revels (1870–1871); Blanche K. Bruce (1875–1881); Edward W. Brooke (1967–1979); and Carol Moseley-Braun (1993–1999). After a successful term as senator, Obama began his next historic political race—a bid for the presidency. On 28 August 2008 Obama became the first black American to be nominated by a major party to be their presidential candidate.

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