At least seven African Americans are running for congress as Republicans in the South this year, according to the Southern Political Report.
The trend might provide the GOP a welcomed opportunity to expand its base.
Some of the emerging black Republican candidates have excellent resumes:
--State Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC) spent 13 years on the Charleston County Council.
--Deon Long made law review at the University of Michigan Law School before practicing law in Winter Park, Florida.
--Les Phillip in Huntsville, Alabama, is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.
--Angela McGlowan in Oxford, Mississippi, was a Fox News analyst before launching her congressional bid.
--Lou Huddleston in Fayetteville, North Carolina, retired from the Army as a full colonel in 2003 and has since been both a civic and business leader in the district.
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