Clinton, Sanders seek black support that could be critical

Mar 2, 2016
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Clinton’s overwhelming win in the Palmetto State does matter, because it gives her a lot of momentum heading into Super Tuesday – and because it underscores Sanders’s difficulty in appealing to African-American voters. Texas is a must-win for Cruz. And quickly. The New York Times has Clinton-who killed Sanders by an 87-to-13 margin among black voters in South Carolina-poised for “a sweep of the South”, as black voters make up the majority in key Super Tuesday states.

Twenty-seven delegates will be proportionally based on the statewide caucus vote, with 50 divided based on votes in the state’s congressional districts.

Then-candidate Barack Obama trounced Clinton in the 2008 Minnesota caucuses, and she responded by launching her campaign early this time and rounding up support from most of the DFL establishment.

The group’s volunteer coordinator, Marit Brock, tells the newspaper that the plan is to attend both Democratic and Republican caucuses to talk to neighbors about knowing where candidates stand on preventing gun violence.

Sanders may have the young voters, but Clinton is taking on the diverse population by storm. She brushes off critics who say Sanders would never achieve his goals, even if he won. For Democrats, there are 77 delegates up for grabs in Minnesota, while the GOP will battle it out for 38. “Some states like MA we are not confident that we can win”.

Both parties were still tabulating results late Tuesday night that will determine the final delegate haul for Rubio and Sanders – and how many may fall to the caucus night losers thanks to Minnesota’s proportional allocation system. “But I think that Bernie Sanders has more organic support so the question is how does that manifest itself on caucus night”, said Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Chair Ken Martin. Republican Ted Cruz was poised for a second-place finish in Minnesota, relegating Trump to potentially his worst showing of the primary season so far.

Clinton spoke with voters outside the polling location before heading inside with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, a Hillary Clinton supporter, and again greeted voters. “We think we are using our head and our hearts”, said the retired attorney and grandmother who shares her home with two cats.

But Trobiani noted Trump’s wide lead in the GOP race. Doors to the Minneapolis Convention Center open at 10:30 a.m. Sanders was in Minnesota last week for rallies in Hibbing and Rochester.

And Minnesota, Colorado and Alaska are caucus states that could experience more hiccups than state-run primary states.

Cathy Borges, an administrator of the TNWomen4Bernie Twitter account, was certain the controversial remarks would hurt the former secretary of state in the New Hampshire primary. But the coordinated push from the campaign and its supporters, including Democracy For America, helped Sanders beat that goal.

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