MSNBC daytime anchor Richard Lui to colleague Melissa Harris Perry: "Is the South ready for a black Senator?"
Perry's reply: "I think the very numbers that you showed about the paltry number of African Americans who have served in the U.S. Senate is because it is still extremely difficult for African Americans to win statewide office. What would be transformative is if African Americans, Republican or Democrat, South or North, Midwest to the West could actually win statewide office."
More from Melissa Harris Perry: "Well, I mean I think we ought to be careful about assuming this is a southern problem, I mean basically only Illinois and Massachusetts have managed to elect African-Americans statewide in the U.S. Senate and one of the guys from Illinois ended up President, right? So, it's not just a southern issue and I think we should be really careful about that."
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