If you scanned the crowds last week at the Republican National Convention looking for the faces of African-American delegates, they may have been difficult to find.
Only 47 African-Americans served as delegates to the Republican National Convention last week in Tampa, Fla., out of a total of 2,286, according to data from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.
In Charlotte, N.C., this week, 1,452 African-American delegates are among the 5,551 gathered for the Democratic National Convention, according to data from the Washington, D.C.–based think tank.
The Republican Party data was released at the start of the GOP convention and the Democratic data was released this week, with both sets showing an overall increase in participation of African-Americans, a key political demographic leading to the November presidential election.
The GOP last week increased the participation of African-Americans at the conference podium with key speeches from politicians such as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Congressional candidate Mia Love of Utah and former Democratic congressman Artur Davis, who left Alabama and switched parties after losing his bid to become that state’s first black governor.
At the Democratic conference, African-Americans have been at the forefront on the podium and in leadership positions behind the scenes.
Bishop Vashti McKenzie of the AME Church is co-chair of the credentials committee, Newark Mayor Cory Booker is co-chair of the Platform Committee, and California Attorney General Kamala Harris is co-chair of the Rules and Bylaws Committee. Also continuing in the mix with leadership is Donna Brazile, the DNC vice chair, and Patrick Gaspard, executive director of the DNC.
The 47 black delegates to the 2012 GOP convention is an increase over the 38 at the 2008 convention, but only 2.1 percent of the total. In 2004, the participation of blacks at the GOP convention hit a record with a total of 165 or 6.6 percent of the total. This year, there are 18 states that had no black Republican delegates at the convention.
African-Americans have represented a substantial percentage of delegates at the Democratic National Convention in recent years, including this year with 1,452 black delegates that make up 26.2 percent of the total. This compares to 24.3 percent in 2008 and 20. All states have at least one black Democratic delegate at the convention this year compared to two states with no black delegates in 2008 and six states in 2004.
Both the Democratic and Republican reports were authored by David Bositis, senior research associate with The Joint Center, founded in 1970. Bositis has been the author of the Democratic and Republican Convention Guides since 1992, and also has led the Joint Center’s political research unit, generating polls and analyses of all aspects of black political participation.
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This Week’s Celebrity Instagrams (11/26-12/2)
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1. Little Legend and Puddy 😍😍😍😍
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2. "You on point Phife?" "all the time,Tip". 💥 #bannedfromnormal
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3. Vegan! The Impossible burger at Crossroads
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4. Lawrence #BeforeandAfterEpisodes 1-4: 184lbs 13% body fatEpisode 8: 196lbs 8% body fat S/O @coachdaveboxing with the works outs and @kildareriordan with the nutrition
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5. Jus haaaanngin out
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6. Meanwhile back at home in Atlanta GA someone mad they not on the 🛳. 😳
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7. No limits... Photo cred: Chris Bridges @ludacris
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8. new new
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9. Apparently my 260lbs is too much for the actual vines in the Hawaiian jungles to hold me without breaking and me falling hundreds of feet. So for safety purposes, I'm forced to swing thru #Jumanjj on wires strong enough to hold 12 adult buffaloes and 1 adult Rock. #OnSet #Jumanji #IronicallyIEatBuffaloDailyForLunch #MoreManThanNatureKnowsWhatToDoWith
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10. hey ma! 🎎#wcw 💙
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11. Surprise visit to our factories!!! #GoodAmerican #USA
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13. Peachy Keen 🔥✨⚡️
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14. If this don't look thankful I don't know what does. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. #UltraBlessed #24kMagic #SweetPotatoFly
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15. Late nights @nbcmarlon with the writers... we in here!!!
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16. There goes my baaaaaaaaabbbbyyyyy #QueenKingMagic!!! We're up to something! Ira BIG!!! Stay out our buisness -
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17. You want to win every game you play but when you come home to these faces... who cares. #ILoveYouGirls best part of my day, everyday!
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18. Steady,steady..... full size jenga.. "I got this one "???? Or do I ?
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19. Cornrows kind of day 😉@dontaysavoy2 you convinced me and I love. ❤️️
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20. #BrotherlyLove #tbt
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22. #basel #TeamLOVE @kingcombs
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23. Just introduced a special screening of @directher 's groundbreaking (must see) documentary @13thfilm with my brother @themichaelealy | @unitedblackout #blackoutblackfriday
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24. Me & Vanessa Williams giving #DuckLips #Pose on the set of #DaytimeDivas @vh1 - Coming Soon to a tv near you. Lol. - My make up done by @makeupsurgeon
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25. This picture just makes me wanna praise the Lord, you hear me!!!!!! Yes Lord brotha #TEDDYCAMPBELL What a #man !!! You are everything right on this picture husband ......... #gorgeous #stylish #classy #strong #masculine #king #sexy #debonair #gentlemenstyle And that #bible in your hand just seals the deal for me (probably cause i know that, that is what helped you become just as amazing as you look😘). While my heart and mind experiences the goodness of God at #church on Sundays, my eyes experiences the goodness of Teddy😍. Amen somebody🙌🏽. "Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me bless his holy name" #myman #myhusband #goodman #blackman #dapperman #godlyman #goodfather #mybestfriend
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26. Yesterday was my mama's 53rd birthday!!!!! Got to celebrate with her all day. If this is what I have to look forward to I can't wait. Looking like a soft bucket a cocoa butter. Yaaaaaaaaaas! 😍😍😍 love you mommy!
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27. "Shout out to @PureAtlanta for getting the family right"....I'm loving this jogger. 😍😍
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28. This pic warms my heart ❤️ #myLogiebeans and aunt aunt umba @itowandabraxton 😘
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29. You will always be my baby😜. #HappyBirthdayReginae #mybaby18
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