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Keith Ellison

Sanders still struggling to reach black voters

Sanders still struggling to reach black voters

Sen. Bernie Sanders's answer tonight to the question about how he plans to win the Democratic nomination with such low poll numbers among black voters suggests his campaign still lacks a strategy to appeal to one of the party's largest and most loyal voting blocs.

The Vermont senator boasted that when he started his campaign he was polling in the low single digits, but he has now pulled even with or ahead of Hillary Clinton in the early states of Iowa and New Hampshire. The populations of both those states are overwhelmingly white, as is Vermont, where Sanders has held elected office for three decades.

The debate was held in South Carolina, where African Americans are more...

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