Barack Obama

Political Offices

What election did Obama lose in 2000?

Obama challenged four-term incumbent Bobby Lee Rush for the Democratic primary. He lost badly to the popular Rush, as Rush garnered 61percent of the vote to only 30 percent for Obama. Rush said during the campaign: “Barack is a person who read about the civil-rights protests and thinks he knows all about it.” Rush, who had served on the Chicago City Council when Harold Washington was the mayor, remains the only person to have defeated Obama in a public election.


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