The co-chair of Sen. Bernard Sanders’ presidential campaign said Tuesday it is time to put to bed the idea that the liberal firebrand is struggling to appeal to black primary voters.
“It continues to boggle my mind why people still want to put a narrative out that the African American community is not vibing with Sen. Bernie Sanders,” said former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner. “They are vibing with him.”
Mr. Sanders’ struggle with black voters in the 2016 nomination race has been well-documented. It was highlighted by rival Hillary Clinton’s 47-point win over Mr. Sanders in South Carolina, where 86 percent of black voters, who comprised 61 percent of the primary electorate, backed Mrs. Clinton.
Ms. Turner said the positive anecdotal evidence of black support she has seen on the campaign trail this year is reflected in polling that has shown that 71 percent of black Democrats hold a favorable view of Mr. Sanders.
“So he is bringing the rainbow mosaic of humanity together all across this country,” she said.