As many as one-quarter of the members of the Congressional Black Caucus could face significant primary opposition in their new House districts in 2012, a development that could significantly change the face of the CBC and/or reduce its membership heading into 2013.
Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), for instance, could face a serious primary challenge from state Sen. Bert Johnson in a Detroit district that takes in lots of new voters. The same goes for Reps. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), Ed Towns (D-N.Y.), Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.).
Still, many of them will be challenged by state legislators or politicians with names that are well-known in the black community. New York state Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries and Greenville, Miss., Mayor Heather McTeer Hudson, who are running against Towns and Thompson, respectively, are both seen as rising stars in their states.