It didn’t get much attention, but former Congressman and NAACP head Kweisi Mfume defeated Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, the widow of Congressman Elijah Cummings, in a February primary bid for his Seventh Congressional District seat in Maryland.
Cummings, who held the seat for 24 years, died of cancer several months ago.
It was a crowded field with 32 candidates: 24 Democrats – including Mfume, who represented the District in Congress from 1987 to 1996 – and eight Republicans.
Cummings’ widow recently resigned as chair of the state Democratic Party to run against Mfume, one of her husband’s oldest friends. She came in second with 17 percent of the vote compared to Mfume’s 43 percent. She failed to get the support of Cummings’ two daughters and two of his sisters.
Black female Republican
On the Republican side, the winner was Black conservative…