In post-election comments, Republican 7th District challenger Brose McVey credited the strength of black Republicans and gay Republicans for his final vote margin. "We never would have reached 44.2 percent of the electorate if some African-Americans and gay people did not totally misunderstand the interests of their people and vote for me," McVey said. "We definitely would have been stuck at 44.18 percent without them." At their election night reception attended by the entire membership - and held in a large booth at the West 38th Street Denny"s - the local MBARI group of African-American Republicans and the gay organization Log Cabin Republicans said they were thrilled by the McVey thank you. "Brose"s support means a lot to all of us," said the president of the Log Cabin Republicans. "Now that our membership has tripled and we are in double digits, we really intend to take control of the gay political agenda." The local leader of MBARI echoed the remarks. "I don"t understand why it is so readily assumed that African-Americans won"t find a welcome home with our county"s Republicans," he said. "Why should we turn away just because Republican councilors called our people gorillas and a sheriff candidate sent out racist campaign fliers?"

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