Bernie Sanders has gained 16 points in the polls on South Carolina. This trend is being matched in the national polls as Sanders closes the gap against Hillary Clinton across the country.
One poll conducted this week by the Advertising Specialty Institute shows Sanders winning South Carolina by 20 points.
While NBC is touting that Clinton has maintained her lead nationally despite her loss in New Hampshire, what they disregarded was that in the latest polls, Sanders has closed the gap to the single digits.
The key for Sanders in South Carolina is the Black American vote. Only 25 percent of young Black American voters said they would support Bernie Sanders, while 64 percent favor Clinton.
Almost the exact opposite is true for young white American voters. Sanders is currently leading Clinton amongst young white voters 75 percent to 25.
Congressman John Lewis and the Congressional Black Caucus endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Nomination last week.
Other more non-establishment Black American leaders like Cornel West have said however that it is Sanders and not Clinton who is the best choice.
“The conventional wisdom holds that, in the Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton is the candidate who will win over African-American voters—that her rival, Bernie Sanders, performed well in Iowa and won New Hampshire on account of those states’ disproportionate whiteness, and that Clinton’s odds are better in the upcoming contests in South Carolina and Nevada, two highly diverse states,” West wrote in an Op-Ed piece for POLITICO. “But in fact, when it comes to advancing Dr. King’s legacy, a vote for Clinton not only falls far short of the mark; it prevents us from giving new life to King’s legacy. Instead, it is Sanders who has championed that legacy in word and in deed for 50 years.”
A more recent Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that Sanders’ gap amongst young black voters might be narrowing as well.
According to that poll, Sanders has the support of 33 percent of Black Americans under the age of 29, with Clinton at 46 percent.
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