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Wednesday, July 10, 1996 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | NEXT: Million Man March Spurs Local Activism
1996-07-10

Representative Cynthia McKinney

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REPRESENTATIVE CYNTHIA MCKINNEY, Democrat of Georgia won her primary in a landslide victory last night, taking 67% of the vote in a race against three white male challengers. McKinney represented a majority black district in the Southern state until the Supreme Court ruled her was the result of racial gerrymandering and declared it unconstitutional. Most of the seats held by members of the Congressional Black Caucus are under the same threat and some are worried the redistricting will nearly eliminate black representation in Congress. Cynthia McKinney, and her colleague Sanford Bishop, another African American Congressman from Georgia, are running for re-election in a re-drawn majority white district. Both won their primaries last night, but perhaps the most difficult battle lies head in November when they face Republican challengers in a part of the country where white Democrats have flocked to the GOP. I caught up with Cynthia McKinney by phone at her victory event in the wee hours of the morning.

Democratic Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney who won her primary yesterday in a majority white district in Georgia. Some, including Cynthia McKinney are advocating new ways of voting in the U.S. that could remedy the under-representation of minorities in elective office. It’s called Proportional Representation, an idea that killed Lani Guinier’s nomination to head the Civil Rights division at the Justice Department. We’ll talk more about redistricting and proportional representation with Pacifica National Affairs Correspondent Larry Bensky and Rob Ritchie of the Center for Voting and Democracy, but first this song — for Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney

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Rob Ritchie of the Center for Voting and Democracy.


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