U.S. Senator Carol Moseley-Braun (D-IL) will announce her candidacy
for President of the United States Monday, September 22 in three
cities. The announcement will come after a WBBM/CBS2 - Chicago August 5
poll of Illinois Democrats shows that she leads the pack in her
home state with 22 percent selecting her for the office. Representative Dick Gephardt trailed with 16 percent. Reverend Al
Sharpton had only three percent.
In late June, Black America's Political Action Committee's (BAMPAC) national poll of Black
American voters had Moseley-Braun closely following Senator Joseph
Lieberman. Lieberman garnered 13 percent. Moseley-Braun, the only
female descendent of
enslaved Africans ever to hold a U.S. Senate seat, got 10 percent.
Sharpton had 9 percent. Most people, 42 percent, had no preference.
She will make the announcement in Washington, D.C.; Columbia,
South Carolina, and Chicago, Illinois. She plans to spend Tuesday,
September 23 campaigning in Iowa. The former U.S. ambassador to New
Zealand also makes her campaign official as The National Organization
for Women and the National Women's Political Caucus endorses her run. If
she wins the race, she will become the first non-White and first female
to hold the office.