It’s Becoming Very Clear the Support of Black Voters, Especially Black Women is the Key to a Hillary Clinton Win
Poll after poll indicates that Hillary Clinton’s run for president is more of a challenge than many expected. CNN exit polls indicate that people still do not trust Hillary Clinton. After her recent losses, including Wisconsin, it’s becoming very clear that the support of black women voters is the key to a Clinton victory.
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Hillary Clinton Boosts Outreach to African-Americans in Bid to Nail Down Nomination, says Hillary Clinton has been targeting a number of demographics in her bid for the White House. One of the most sizeable demographics that she is going after is the black vote. She has been expanding her outreach to black voters around the United States hoping to gain some of the momentum that she has been losing as Bernie Sanders continues to grow in popularity.
The Wall Street Journal says,
The black vote vaulted her to a dominant position in the race for delegates…Coming off of a trio of lopsided losses last week in the West, Mrs. Clinton still enjoys a commanding delegate lead, though the path to the nomination figures to be bumpy.
Click here to read the full WSJ article by Peter Nicholas and Colleen McCain Nelson.
In fact, an Associated Press article says many of the black voters who supported President Obama during his initial bid for the presidency and his reelection are sticking to Clinton. This comes amid the concern for Clinton that Sanders might be trying to take more of the black vote and dominate it like he has with the youth vote.
It makes sense for Clinton to target black women. Nearly two-thirds of black women who are eligible to vote did so in the last two elections with them overwhelmingly supporting Obama both times, this could be critical to Clinton’s chances.
LaDavia Drane, the campaign’s Director of African-American Outreach, has been working hard to particularly target black voters. The AP story says Drane has sought out female pastors for Clinton’s church visits and organized the meeting between Clinton and the mothers impacted by gun violence.
Clinton is also aligning herself with many popular black politicians. She has received a strong endorsement from Georgia representative John Lewis, for instance. She has also been working with many strong black female employees on her campaign.
Clinton’s close relationships with black women date back to one of her first political mentors, Marian Wright Edelman, the founder of the Children’s Defense Fund. Black women have held top positions with Clinton over the years, including Maggie Williams, who was chief of staff when Clinton was first lady, and Cheryl Mills, her chief of staff when she was secretary of state. In the current campaign, black women are in key roles, including senior spokeswoman Karen Finney and senior policy adviser Maya Harris. Strategist Minyon Moore has long served as an outside consultant.
Read the full Associated Press article at DailySabah.com.