Dashed hopes for African-American stars in US midterms

Chicago (AFP) – They were poised to break new ground two years after America’s first black president ended his final term in office, but the US midterms proved a disappointment for African-American candidates, including some of Democrats’ brightest stars.

In Florida, Andrew Gillum failed to become the southern state’s first black governor, losing by less than 60,000 votes out of more than eight million cast.

Stacey Abrams, who hoped to become the first female black governor of Georgia, trailed as the last of the votes were being counted in that Republican-leaning southern state.

The candidates raised massive amounts of money, had high-profile endorsements from celebrities and political leaders, and the national media spotlight.

Still, they were unable to claim the winner’s prize in those important…

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