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September 12 - September 25, 2003


Presidential Candidate Carol Moseley-Braun Top Polls

Former 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.

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