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USA Today’s Page: Kendrick Meek can’t win Florida because he’s African-American

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Somewhere in Tallahassee, Steve Schale must be laughing.

On last night’s edition of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, USA Today‘s Susan Page listed a number of reasons she thinks Kendrick Meek is a “weak” U.S. Senate candidate in Florida including the fact that he’s…an African-American.

He’s an African-American. We know it’s hard — although not impossible — for African-Americans to win statewide.

Except, you know, the last time an African-American was on the ballot…in 2008. So, no it’s not impossible. As Media Matters wrote, we know it’s hard — although not impossible — for reporters to offer thoughtful political analysis on cable television.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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