News & Notes
The “Obama Effect” and the Question of Political Mobility
Since Barack Obama’s election in 2008, we have witnessed a marked increase in the number of black candidates across the country running for elective office. But for some reason, this has not really translated into more black candidates winning the top elective offices (i.e., the U.S. House, the U.S. Senate, and state governorships). It is reported, however, that black candidates across the country have done better on the local level. Does social mobility have a companion – political mobility?