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War for the Black Vote: Clinton, Sanders Head Toward South Carolina; Then Super Tuesday

By Hazel Trice Edney



Civil rights leaders gather at the NUL DC headquarters after a Feb. 18 meeting with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. A separate meeting was held in New York the day before with Hillary Clinton. PHOTO: Courtesy/NUL

(TriceEdneyWire.com) – The Democratic presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders has intensified into a highly anticipated struggle for the Black vote. So far, Clinton appears to be winning that battle as they head for the Democratic Primary in South Carolina and Super Tuesday, a string of battle ground states where the Black turnout will be key.

Clinton appears to be banking on her long history of working alongside civil rights leaders, largely as a young activist; then as first lady and U. S. senator. Sanders has not received as much traction with Black voters so far, but had a large enough following to win New Hampshire 60 percent to Clinton’s 38 percent. Clinton won Iowa slimly 49.9 percent to 49.6 percent as well as Nevada, 52.6 percent to 47.3 percent.

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