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Tuesday, 2nd September 2008

Joint Center Points to Large Drop in Number of Black Delegates to GOP Convention

Joint Center Points to Large Drop in Number of Black Delegates to GOP Convention
Source: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

After seating a record number of African American delegates in 2004, next week’s Republican National Convention in Minneapolis/St. Paul will have the lowest black representation in 40 years, according to a convention guide that will be distributed next week to delegates at the Republican National Convention by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies (Joint Center).

Blacks and the 2008 Republican Convention, released today by the nonpartisan research institution that focuses on minority issues, notes that African Americans will comprise only 1.5 percent of the total number of GOP delegates, substantially below the record setting 6.7 percent in 2004.

The 36 black delegates in 2008 represent a 78.4 percent decline from the 167 black delegates at the 2004 GOP convention.

+ Blacks and the 2008 Republican National Convention (PDF; 1.5 MB)


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