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I know Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have run for president; have any other black candidates run presidential campaigns?

Frederick Douglass was the first black candidate to receive a vote for president at a major party's convention, getting one vote at the 1888 GOP convention. Washington minister Channing Phillips was the first black to receive a vote for president at a Democratic convention, receiving 67.5 votes in 1968. And in 1972, Shirley Chisholm received 152 first-ballot votes at the 1972 Democratic National Convention but lost the nomination to George McGovern. Chisholm in 1968 became the first black woman elected to Congress; she represented New York in the House from 1969 to 1983. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, ,D-Ill., campaigned in 2004.


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