Local newspaper calls outcome of District 9 primary a tragedy - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Local newspaper calls outcome of District 9 primary a tragedy

The headline reads "SHAME".
    
Above the fold and in big letters the Tri-State Defender calls the outcome of the 15-way District 9 Democratic Congressional Primary a tragedy.
    
The Defender blames the top two African American vote-getters, Nikki Tinker and Joe Ford, Jr., for pretty much guaranteeing an African American had no shot at coming out on top.

Rev. Dwight Montgomery with the SCLC says, "There's no way that any of them could have actually believed that one of them would emerge with so many African American's in the race."

State Senator Steve Cohen won the primary with just over 30 percent of the vote.  He'll face Republican Mark White in November.

The tragedy, some community leaders say, is not, as the paper suggests, that the predominantly African American District will most likely not have an African American Congressman for the first time since Harold Ford Sr. won the seat back in 1974... But rather what let it slip away.

Montgomery continues, "I see the shame and tragedy in the fact that there is a divided African American Community who cannot afford to be divisive."

Political analysts say it's a symbolic erosion of the political power that once united Memphis' African American Community.

Randolph Meade Walker with LeMoyne Owen college says, "We're going to have to be more sophisticated in our voting not just take positions for granted."

A position won with unity and lost with a 15-way battle at the ballot box.

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