Who was the first African-American candidate to be a major party nominee for a Senate seat in the South?
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The answer? Henry Cabot Lodge, in 1964. And he wasn’t even a declared candidate — he won it on a write-in vote. In fact, at the time he was thousands of miles away … as the U.S. ambassador to South Vietnam.
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