Aiken, SC (WJBF) – In less than 24 hours, Democrats in the Palmetto State will head to the polls.
There is one particular demographic that experts are calling key in who wins Saturday’s Democratic Primary in South Carolina.
Experts say winning the African-American vote in South Carolina is very important because the state’s black population is nearly twice the national average.
A recent CNN/ORC South Carolina poll of African-American voters showed that Hillary Clinton tallied 65% of support, compared to 28% for Bernie Sanders.
A big majority of blacks supported Clinton in her Nevada Caucus win amid questions about Sanders’ early commitment to civil rights., but just this week, a Black Lives Matter protester crashed Clinton’s private fundraising event.
One voter tells us consistency is key for him when supporting Sanders. “He’s been consistent on so many issues, whether it relates to foreign policy, the economy, criminal justice, mass incarceration, and I think that he’s good for the African-American community, but he’s also good for the greater world,” said USC Aiken student Jeremy Jones.
South Carolina’s African-American population is about 27 percent, a vast increase from the previous nominating states.