Warren Courts African American Voters To Cement Her 2020 Coalition – Breaking News
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For any copyright, please send me a message. ROCK HILL, S.C. ― Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren came to historically Black Clinton College in this suburb of Charlotte hoping to woo the voters she needs to complete a coalition that can claim the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination: African Americans. Warren’s slow and steady rise in polling has been largely powered by white voters with college degrees, though more recent polls have shown gains across basically every demographic within the Democratic Party. But one of her biggest rivals for the nomination, former Vice President Joe Biden, still has a substantial lead among African American voters nationally and in this crucial state, the first in the south to cast its primary ballots. Compared to Iowa and New Hampshire ― the overwhelmingly white states that vote first and second in the primary ― Warren has spent little time in South Carolina. A local reporter noted it had been more than a month since her last public event in the state, and a candidate tracker from the Charleston Post and Courier shows her attending just 12 events in the state before Saturday, compared to 17 for Biden, and more than 30 for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the third leading contender for the nomination. (Two African American candidates ― California Sen. Kamala Harris and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker ― lead the way with 36 and 39 events, respectively.) Warren’s supporters in South Carolina say if she picks up her pace in visits to the state, African American voters will embrace her message of battling political corruption and raising taxes on the wealthy to fund universal child care and free public higher education. “We’re still a high-touch community, even in a high-tech society,” said state Sen. Wendy Brawley, an African American who predicted Warren could win the state. “She gets that she needs to show up where we are.” Warren’s stop at Clinton College showed the promises and challenges that face the former Harvard Law professor. The crowd of roughly 1,000 people was mostly white, and attendees of all races largely said they arrived at the event already in her corner. Warren’s pitch barely varied from her standard stump speech: She walked voters through her famous policy plans while nearly totally avoiding two hot topics of the day ― the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump and the details of her support for “Medicare for All.” She did note her higher education plan would funnel an additional $50 billion to historically Black colleges like Clinton. It’s not new for Warren to be courting African Americans. Some Black progressive activists have been raving about her since at least April, and she’s often held listening sessions with Black leaders as she tours
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