Some good news today out of South Carolina:
The polls was conducted on behalf of the Giffords PAC. Speaking of which, Harrison isn’t afraid to go after Graham on guns:
Harrison campaign spokesman Guy King said the issue is personal to Harrison, who was close friends with the late state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, one of nine victims at the 2015 Emanuel AME church shooting in Charleston.
King criticized Graham, who leads the powerful Senate judiciary committee, for not bringing up a bill that passed the U.S. House last year to close the so-called “Charleston loophole.” The bill would lengthen the amount of time a gun purchase can be delayed when the FBI has not completed a background check from three days to up to 20 days.
“South Carolina deserves so much better,” King said. “As senator, Jaime will work to advance sensible, consensus reforms that will improve and expand background checks to make sure firearms don’t end up in the wrong hands.”
The town hall, with will begin at 7 p.m., will offer a forum for young voters to speak on current issues.
Some topics expected to be discussed include student debt, entering the workforce and climate change.
Change is brewing in South Carolina and this Politico piece is worth a read:
Although a third of South Carolina’s 3.37 million voters are nonwhite, the state also has more than 400,000 unregistered voters of color, according to the progressive data company Catalist. Harrison isn't campaigning in person, and he's fighting the sense from Blacks and Democrats that his quest is hopeless. In the past, Vinson explains, conservative Democrats supported Graham because South Carolina is such a red state, and they’d rather have him than someone more right wing. “I think this time around they’re probably not [going to vote for Graham],” she said. “This time around, they’ve actually got a credible candidate.”
Jimmy Williams, a Democratic strategist and senior adviser to the anti-Graham LindseyMustGo PAC, says Black voters will be motivated by the “wildly popular” Joe Biden at the top of the ticket, along with several candidates of color further down the ballot, including Clyburn and Harrison. In the February presidential primary, Biden won 61 percent of Black voters in South Carolina, according to a Washington Post analysis, and the overall turnout of 540,000 voters surpassed Barack Obama’s 2008 primary turnout in the state by about 7,000 votes.
A memo released by Harrison’s campaign in early February laid out a clear, if ambitious, path to victory. He planned to register a quarter of eligible African Americans, mobilize “new and inconsistent” voters of color and “persuade white suburban voters who are already moving away from Republicans.” Harrison was also counting on some Republicans to abandon Graham for more conservative candidates. About 6.6 percent of voters chose Libertarian or independent candidates over Graham six years ago, and there are similar candidates on the ballot this year who could help Harrison’s cause.
Let’s keep up the momentum and win big in South Carolina. Click below to donate and get involved with Harrison, Biden and their fellow South Carolina Democrats campaigns:
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