In an email exchange released by WikiLeaks, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta writes, “I have been working on that and will resolve soon” regarding reaching out to black voters.
The email firstname.lastname@example.org writes back, “the black [vote] is obvious super critical” in an email with the subject line, “re: the black vote” according to Wikileaks. The person goes on to write, “A black campaign vice chair or Sr advisor would go a long way during the primary and send the message that, Hillary puts her actions where her mouth is, and actually does appreciate the black vote.”
“We need to strengthen the overall structure and this is the most critical piece of that. Right now I think we should do this right after Super Tuesday” Podesta replies. The February email exchange came just over two weeks after the New Hampshire Primary that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders decidedly won with 60.4 percent of the vote.
Sanders’ victory in New Hampshire came from the momentum he gained after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton barely won the Iowa Caucus. In Iowa, Clinton only managed to win with 49.9 percent of the vote, versus Sanders’ close second-place finish with 49.6 percent of the vote.
Throughout the Democratic primaries, the Clinton campaign was more successful at reaching out to black voters than the Sanders campaign. Although, it is worth noting that Clinton was primarily successful with reaching out to older black voters. The Sanders campaign consistently had an edge over the Clinton campaign in appealing to millennial voters regardless of race or ethnicity.
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