Obama's Ripple Effect

We've barely finished up with the 2008 election, but already Obama's presence is felt in the 2010 contests, where his victory is not lost on other young, black politicians. Several African American politicians have either announced or are considering statewide bids for office, reflecting a newfound confidence in their chances to win over a mostly white electorate. Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL) recently declared he will run for the retiring Sen. Mel Martinez's seat, for example, while in Alabama, Rep. Artur Davis is gearing up for a pass at the governorship. Other young African American politicians are considering Senate and gubernatorial runs in states like Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio.