With 3 black candidates running for top tier offices, the GOP is being given another look by African-American voters:
When he’s done, several Democratic pastors say they might vote for Blackwell for governor this fall over Democratic U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland. Henry McNeil, pastor of Alpha & Omega First Baptist Church, says Blackwell closed the sale. “I didn’t come with a made-up mind. It was made while he spoke,” says McNeil, who backed Democrat John Kerry for president in 2004.
Voters like these are making Democrats edgy this year. In Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland, some African-Americans are rethinking their party loyalties in light of black Republicans running for high office.