Young black politicians inspired by Barack Obama’s astonishingly quick ascent are pursuing riskier, more ambitious strategies for the 2010 elections, Chris Cillizza writes in the Washington Post. Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek, for example, a 42-year-old African-American, is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Mel Martinez, though Meek could easily win re-election in the House, where he’s considered a rising star.
This “Obama effect” inspires long shots over safe bets. Rep. Artur Davis, another young African-American pol, also faces little competition for his Alabama House seat, but he's gearing up to run for governor. A generous supply of energetic young candidates presents advantages for the parties at large, but strategists also worry that too many will spread campaign funds too thin. Click the link to find other pols inspired to risky 2010 runs.