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Democratic 2020 hopefuls head south - where black voters hold the key

The Guardian

January 21, 2019

The Guardian - Likely presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker will be in South Carolina on Monday, marking the Martin Luther King holiday at competing events in the first southern state to hold a primary in 2020. Booker will speak at a rally at the statehouse; Sanders is hosting a town hall in Columbia.

"The Democratic nomination runs through the south," said Seth McKee, a political scientist at Texas Tech University. For Democrats, "the south" has rapidly come to mean one thing more than anything else: the black vote. Black Americans now make up about 60% of Democratic voters in South Carolina.

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