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There Are Zero Black Republicans in Congress, Yet 32 Are Running for Office in 2010?

Michael Steele's admission that the Republicans have explicitly pursued a race-based 'southern strategy' runs counter to the strikingly high number of black GOP candidates.

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Decades later, while swaths of America adulate black sports stars, TV talk queens and even the president, the question lingers whether and how badly the GOP wants to racially diversify, while maintaining its conservative base.

Likewise, the historic batch of 32 congressional candidates navigates complicated election terrain -- no less so by Obama, Steele, those loaded Tea Parties, and their very own party baggage.