November 3, 2010


Minorities ride GOP wave to historic victories (JESSE WASHINGTON, 11/03/10, The Associated Press)

The historic Republican wave also produced historic results for minority candidates, from Latina and Indian-American governors to a pair of black congressmen from the deep South.

In New Mexico, Susana Martinez was elected as the nation's first female Hispanic governor. Nikki Haley, whose parents were born in India, will be the first woman governor in South Carolina, and Brian Sandoval became Nevada's first Hispanic governor.

Insurance company owner Tim Scott will be the first black Republican congressman from South Carolina since Reconstruction, after easily winning in his conservative district. Scott, a 45-year-old state representative, earned a primary victory over the son of the one-time segregationist U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond.

In Florida, military veteran Allen West outfought a two-term Democrat to win his House race. He is the first black Republican elected to Congress from Florida since a former slave served two terms in the 1870s.

Republican Brian Sandoval is Nevada's first Latino governor (Associated Press, November 2, 2010)
Republican Brian Sandoval has defeated Democrat Rory Reid to become the first Latino governor in Nevada's history.

The 47-year-old former federal judge on Tuesday turned back Reid, the son of Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, after beating incumbent Gov. Jim Gibbons in the GOP primary.

Sandoval, who also has served as Nevada attorney general, assemblyman and Gaming Commission chairman, inherits a state budget crisis and a state that leads the nation in unemployment, foreclosures and bankruptcies.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at November 3, 2010 4:50 AM
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