The two Democratic candidates battling to snag black voters certainly won’t have to work as hard once the party nominates one of them.
An overwhelming majority of blacks will vote for the Democratic candidate, whether it’s Hillary Clinton or Sen. Bernie Sanders. So what should they do now to increase black supporters, especially with Saturday’s South Carolina primary hanging over their heads?
A Fox News excerpt:
Using the grassroots strategy that worked for him in Iowa and New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders is betting that issues rather than name recognition will help him win over South Carolina’s minority voters — once considered Hillary Clinton’s “firewall” against a serious presidential challenge.
And, with the primary still more than a week away, black voters in the state appear to be giving the lesser-known Democratic presidential candidate a chance to speak to the issues that matter most to their community.
“In the South, it has never been about name recognition,” Wendell Gilliard, a state lawmaker and black Democrat, told FoxNews.com. “Sanders has a grassroots message that connects with grassroots people. That’s what counts in South Carolina. … Vivica Fox, Angela Bassett and other movie stars can campaign for Hillary. But I still feel the Bern.”
One South Carolinian said Sanders and Clinton need to reach out to younger blacks. Another said it’s about jobs, an issue he called “solely black.” The black unemployment rate remains higher than the white rate, but it’s a mystery what either Big Government candidate can do about it.
“My lips are sealed,” Clinton said in an affected accent after an event at the Harlem headquarters of Sharpton’s National Action Network.
The comment came after Politico reporter Annie Karni asked Sharpton if he plans to endorse Clinton.
“You’ve got to watch her,” Sharpton said, drawing Clinton’s attention to Karni. “She’s trying to ask whether I’m endorsing. I told her only you know, and I’m not telling.”