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Sanders seeks to avoid another stumble with black SC voters

January 23, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Even before he announces whether he’s a 2020 presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders is working to avoid the drubbing South Carolina’s African-American voters handed him in 2016.

After speaking at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally in South Carolina’s capital on Monday, the Vermont independent stayed through Tuesday for three more events in which black audiences were receptive to a message that hewed largely to his 2016 Democratic platform.

With one leading black candidate already declared in California Sen. Kamala Harris, and a second potential contender in New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Sanders would face even stiffer competition than he did in 2016, when Hillary Clinton brought strong ties to African-American communities.

He made a few stumbles over the past couple of days, leaving a church service early on Monday and showing up late to a Tuesday event.

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