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*Joe Ford Jr., third-place finisher in last month's Democratic primary for the District 9 congressional seat, made a point last week of reaffirming his endorsement of that primary's winner, state Senator Steve Cohen.
Ford also posted lengthy comments on the "Space Ninja" blog rebutting claims by the Tri-State Defender newspaper that his candidacy had not been serious and may even have been designed to detract from the primary efforts of another candidate, outgoing county commissioner Julian Bolton.
After debunking the newspaper's claims and making the case that he and several other candidates had waged more viable campaigns than Bolton (whom the Tri-StateDefender had endorsed), Ford concluded:
"The purpose of American representative government is ensure that all people have a voice in the government. And when all people stated their choice, like it or not, more people wanted Sen. Cohen than any other candidate. Sen. Cohen could not have won this election without receiving a good number of African-American votes."
Although problems associated with the vote-reporting process made it difficult to say for sure, preliminary estimates suggest that Cohen may have received as much as 20 percent of the district's African-American vote.