Yes, there are black Republicans in Chicago

From the Chicago Reader:



A handful of Chicagoans will go to the polls on March 18 and do something remarkable: they will ask for a Republican ballot.

Only 15 percent of Chicago voters in the 2012 primaries went with the GOP. That was up from less than 9 percent in 2010.

In the city's African-American wards, a Republican vote is even more extraordinary. In 2010, for example, 5,700 Democratic ballots were cast in the 28th Ward on the west side—and just 50 Republican ballots. In the south-side 17th Ward, 7,193 voted Democratic and 58 voted Republican.

"With blacks, it's like, your mother was a Baptist, so you're a Baptist; your mother was a Democrat, so you're a Democrat," Darnell Macklin says.

Macklin hopes to help change this inclination. Since 2012 he's been the GOP committeeman of the 6th Ward, an office he won by amassing 62 votes, crushing his main opponent, Jackie Robinson, who got 29. "My true affinity has always been with the Republicans," Macklin says. "I've been thinking like one all my life. I came home in the last 15 years."



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