Meanwhile, potential milestones are in the making for black Republicans.
The star recruit this cycle has been Utah’s Mia Love, the Saratoga Springs mayor who has been a fierce fundraiser and the GOP’s best chance to oust moderate Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson after six terms in office. If Love defeats Matheson, she would be the first black female Republican on Capitol Hill.
But another black Republican in the western United States could make history. Vernon Parker would become the first black member of Congress from either party from Arizona if he prevails over Democrat Kyrsten Sinema on Tuesday.
“I think it would mean a lot more to the state than to me,” Parker said. “Unfortunately, the state has been characterized as not minority-friendly, and that’s not true.”