Deluge of Democratic presidential hopefuls descends on SC

Clay Curtis
June 24, 2019

SC offers the largest Democratic primary electorate of the four early nominating states, and it's the only early primary historically dominated by older black voters and white voters who trend more moderate than the national party.

The South Carolina state party convention is part of a big political weekend for the South's first primary state, with more than 20 candidates campaigning at various party events.

SC is the first state in the Democrats' nominating process where black voters cast a majority of primary ballots. Warren's debt relief package was subject to income eligibility levels to determine how much relief the average person would receive - parameters that Warren said were aimed at closing the racial wealth gap. In 1958, he was elected governor of SC as an opponent of the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education outlawing segregation in public schools.

California Sen. Kamala Harris took a prosecutor's case straight at President Donald Trump as she campaigned in SC.

His opponents joined forces and assailed Biden en masse until he relented, but he is still being excoriated for having deviated from the new ultra-left hive mind in the first place.

Former Vice President Joe Biden offered a long list of policy proposals as he campaigned in the early primary state. When asked about the turn out, he mentioned not thinking all the candidates would show up. But the former vice president maintained a dominant lead among black voters at 52%.

Each of the candidates here - Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, were the only two not in attendance Friday - were planning to address delegates at the convention Sunday, which is also being broadcast on MSNBC.

While the candidates stumped before their party's faithful, hopes of winning SC in a general election remain thin.

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Other 2020 presidential candidates also shared concerns about Mr. Biden's comments, which were made at a fundraiser in NY on Tuesday and have dogged the former vice president's campaign for several days.

At a recent happy hour for progressive voters in suburban Charleston, the eight loyal Democrats in attendance said they welcomed the attention the large and diverse Democratic field was lavishing on SC.

There are 24 Democrats competing for their party's nomination to challenge Republican President Donald Trump in the November 2020 election.

Laurie Steinke, 61, said she first "met and fell in love with Kamala Harris", then considered Buttigieg.

"You-you know, I live in Newark", Booker stammered.

"These are the kind of things that do cause hurt and harm", Booker said.

"You're not going to lock women back in the kitchen".

Harris on Wednesday stepped up her outreach to historically black colleges and universities by adding a section to her campaign website dedicated to organizing student groups, particularly fraternities and sororities. If a candidate does poorly in SC, it could be an indicator of that candidate's lack of support in the Black community. For Biden and his rivals, it was a key test in a crucial primary state and a last public tune-up ahead of next week's inaugural 2020 debates in Miami. Clyburn has not yet endorsed any of the Democratic contenders. National and early-state polls have consistently found Biden comfortably leading the rest of the Democratic field since he entered the race in April, and he's already proven to be among the most prolific fundraisers in the race.

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