Romneys African American appeal

Cynthia E. Griffin- | 6/6/2012, 5 p.m.

California Republicans Tuesday overwhelmingly voted for Gov. Mitt Romney as their choice for the party's presidential nominee. More than 1.1 million (or 79.6 percent) of votes cast went to the politician from Massachusetts. Ron Paul came in a distant second, winning only 10.2 percent of ballots.

Bear Flag state Republicans followed the actions of four high-profile Black Republicans, including former presidential candidate Herman Cain, who have also endorsed the former Massachusetts govenor for president.

Two of those individuals--South Carolina Congressman Tim Scott and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice--have even had vice presidential contender attached to their names by various sources.

Scott, who threw his endorsement behind the Republican nominee in late April, is a freshman legislator described as a "Tea Party favorite." Just prior to the South Carolina primary, he was heavily courted by the Republican presidential candidates, but in the end chose Romney.

"It's time for the Republican party and all conservatives to rally behind our nominee. We have our nominee. His name is Mitt Romney. We're very excited to be on the Mitt train," Scott was quoted saying on Fox News.

Scott has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate but said in early May that he had not had any "serious conversations" with the Romney team.

Rice, the first African American woman to become secretary of state, endorsed Romney at a Bay Area fundraiser at the end of May.

"We care about the future of this country and the future of the world, and I'm delighted to join so many friends here in supporting and, in my case, endorsing Gov. Mitt Romney for president of the United States," Rice said.

"If America is going to rebuild its strength at home, rebuild its sense of who we are, it needs a leader that also understands how really exceptional the United States of America is, and is not afraid to lead on the basis of that exceptionalism. The only thing that people dislike more than unilateral American leadership is no American leadership at all," Rice said to the 300 donors present at the fundraiser.

Rice, also had earlier been touted by some as a vice presidential candidate. But decisively rejected such a notion.

"He'll find a fine vice president. Somebody who actually wants to run for office would be a good start," Rice told one news outlet in early May.

Cain endorsed Romney in mid-May, after first suspending his own bid for the nomination due to fallout from claims of sexual harassment and an extramarital affair, and then throwing his support to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

"The numbers are on Mitt Romney's side, and yes, I am always saying I will support whoever the nominee is, and it looks like Mitt Romney's going to be that nominee, and we do need to get behind him," Cain said in April.

Although he has secured the 1,144 delegates needed to win the Republican nomination, Romney will not be officially named the party's choice until the Republican convention this August in Tampa, Fla.