Assuming Bernie runs, his team is preparing to rework his ground game among POC voting blocs, a major weakness of his 2016 candidacy
Three years ago, Mrs. Clinton beat Mr. Sanders in South Carolina with 74% of the vote to Mr. Sanders’s 26%. Nonwhite voters outnumbered whites nearly 2:1 in the state’s primary.
“We didn’t have the time and the ability to fight in the South,” Ben Tulchin, who served as the Sanders campaign pollster in 2016, said in a recent interview. “We didn’t have time to tell his story.”
Mr. Sanders returned to South Carolina on Monday, headlining a rally here in South Carolina’s capital city for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. He shared the 2020 spotlight: Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.), one of several minority prospective candidates considering running for president, spoke at the same event. The pair sat next to each other earlier Monday morning at a church service honoring Dr. King.
Messrs. Sanders and Booker, in back-to-back speeches, sought to connect with a crowd largely composed of African-Americans, who hold sizable influence in the Democratic primary process.
Mr. Sanders returned to hallmarks of his 2016 campaign, calling for a $15 minimum wage nationally and a Medicare-for-all health care system. But he also spoke out against gentrification, black high-school dropout rates and infant mortality rates, casting those issues as a result of wealth inequality, which still is his core message. Mr. Sanders also took more aggressive swipes at President Trump than did Mr. Booker; the Vermont senator called the president “a racist.”