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Monday, August 09, 2004

BBC NEWS | Americas | Black rivals to stand in Illinois

BBC NEWS | Americas | Black rivals to stand in Illinois: "Black rivals to stand in Illinois
Illinois is poised to elect a black candidate in this November's Senate election after both main parties picked African-American challengers.
Alan Keyes, a veteran Republican politician, announced he would stand after the party's first choice pulled out amid a sex scandal.
Mr Keyes, a two-time presidential hopeful, will be pitted against rising Democrat star Barack Obama.
America has elected only four black senators in its entire history.
Mr Keyes, who is known for his deeply conservative views, announced his bid on Sunday after the previous candidate, Jack Ryan, pulled out in June.
He told a rally in Chicago that he faced an 'uphill battle' and could not promise victory 'with tremendous ease'. "

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