The expected Republican tsunami and control of at least the House of Representatives may not be the only big story in next week’s midterms.
The other will be the large numbers of Black and other minority Republicans who will be elected to Congress.
Regarding Black candidates, the Republican Party fielded a record 81 Black candidates in the 2022 primaries.
As we approach the midterms, in addition to 28 Black candidates, other Republican candidates running for the House of Representatives include 13 Asian Americans, 33 Hispanic Americans, and three Native Americans.
George Farrell, Chairman of BlakPAC, which supported many of these candidates, told this writer, "2022 will be the best year ever for minority Republican candidates."
The major media will not tell you, but a significant reason for the increased numbers of Black and minority candidates was former President Donald Trump's expansion of the conservative base.
Regarding Black candidates, it is possible that when the new Congress convenes in January, Republicans will have the most Black members in the House since 1889.
Assuming Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., is reelected and Herschel Walker can defeat Senator Raphael Warnock in Georgia, there will be two Black Republicans in the U.S. Senate—the highest number ever!
In the House, Representative Byron Donalds is seeking reelection in Southwest Florida's 19th Congressional District, and Representative Burgess Owens is running for reelection to Utah's 4th Congressional District.
Of the new Black GOP candidates, the most likely to join them are West Point graduates, John James from Michigan's 10th Congressional District and Wesley Hunt from Texas’ 38th Congressional District.
The other part of this big story is Hispanic voters' growing importance and influence.
According to the PEW Research Center, Latinos are the "fastest-growing racial and ethnic group in the U.S. electorate since the last midterm elections."
Hispanic eligible voters have increased by 4.7 million since 2018, "representing 62 percent of the total growth" in U.S. eligible voters during this time.
According to PEW research, the economy remains the most critical issue for Latino voters. Other high-priority topics include abortion, health care, crime, and education.
Significantly, 77 percent of Latino registered voters are dissatisfied with how things are going in the country, and 54 percent disapprove of how Joe Biden is handling his job as president.
In stark contrast, although Black support for Biden has decreased, it remains at 70% — the highest among most demographics, according to a Washington Post-Ipsos poll.
That is a crucial reason the GOP, unlike with Black voters, is making significant efforts to reach out to Hispanic voters.
Spending on Spanish-language media is poised to set records this election, as Hispanic voters will play an essential role in many battleground states that will determine control of Congress.
According to the ad tracking service AdImpact, Republican candidates and outside groups are still playing catch-up in investment in Spanish ads.
If future Spanish-language bookings hold, GOP candidates and groups will spend at least $30 million on Hispanic media, far surpassing the $22 million total they spent during the 2020 cycle — but still trailing Democrats’ spending.
Republican leaders have taken notice of the fact that many Hispanics are increasingly identifying with the Republican Party.
A good example was highlighted in this space in June regarding the victory of Myra Flores, who became the first Mexican-American-born congresswoman and the first Republican elected in the 34th Texas Congressional District.
The growing number of minorities running for office as Republicans will result in more minorities, especially Blacks and Hispanics, being willing to identify with and support Republican candidates.
That is good for the country and the Republican Party.
The fact that more and more Hispanics identify with and support Hispanic and other Republican candidates has caused the GOP establishment to abandon its "head in the sand-take them for granted" attitude toward Hispanic voters.
The only question is when will that establishment do the same to Black voters?
An equally important question is when Blacks will decide to escape from the "Democratic Plantation" as many Hispanics are doing and become players, not mere observers, in the American two-party system.
If the GOP takes control of the House and perhaps the Senate next week, Blacks will be sitting on the political power sidelines sharing the "bench of political defeat" with their losing Democratic Party teammates.
Hispanics, who have not put all of their political chips in a losing Democratic basket, will be in the game helping to call the political plays.
Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations and training consulting firm in Florida. He is the author of "How Obama Failed Black America and How Trump Is Helping It." Read Clarence V. McKee's Reports — More Here.
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