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Black Vote May Not Be Enough To Deliver Clinton The White House, Says Kobrovsky
Published:
3/2/2016 1:44:40 PM


U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addressed the crowd at townhall meeting hosted by Senator Marlon Kimpson at Royal Missionary Baptist Church February 25. Photo: James McDuff
 
By Barney Blakeney


The presidential primary elections in South Carolina resulted in two clear winners - Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. South Carolina’s early primary and significant Black population is expected to signal the possible outcome of primary and caucus elections in other states. We asked local Democratic and Republican party officials how their respective primaries will impact Blacks here and beyond.

Charleston County Democratic Party Chairman Brady Quirk-Garvan said Clinton’s landslide victory in the three-way primary showed the African American community spoke with a unified and decisive voice. Republican Chair Larry Kobrovsky said Trump’s victory with only a third of the record approximately 750,000 votes cast indicates his party offers Black voters greater individual choice.

Clinton bested her two opponents - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Chicago businessman Willie Wilson - winning almost two-thirds of the approximately 370,000 total votes. With one of the largest Black voter populations in the country and significant among southern states, South Carolina’s primary sends a message to other states, Quirk-Garvan said.

The Republican primary being led by the abrasive Trump sparked twice the voter turnout as the Democratic primary, but Clinton received twice the number of votes as Trump, Quirk-Garvan noted. He thinks South Carolina’s Black voter support for Clinton will carry over into other states and ultimately propel her to victory in November against the eventual Republican nominee.

Kobrovsky said Clinton played Black voters in South Carolina like violins through shrewd political manipulation of the race card. Black voters with short memories forgot how Clinton eight years ago used the race card in her effort to win the Democratic nomination over Barack Obama, he said. This time, wrapping herself around issues Black voters are passionate about and tying herself to Obama, Clinton’s manipulation of the race card was successful, Kobrovsky said.

But Clinton’s win in South Carolina on the strength of the Black vote may not be enough to deliver the White House to her, Kobrovsky countered.

The unorthodox mean-spirited campaign being conducted by Trump shows that voters want change, he said, and a continuation of the Clinton dynasty in the White House is as repulsive as that of another Bush presidency. While Clinton likely can count on the Black vote across the country, the desire for political change may be more overwhelming, he said.
 

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