2016 Elections

Sanders Can Win Black Voters Away From Clinton

His performance Tuesday, at a prayer breakfast at a historically black college, proves he can connect. But he's way behind.

Bernie Sanders, at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event, is eroding Clinton's lead among black voters.

Photographer: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Anyone who thinks that Senator Bernie Sanders can't win black votes should have seen him at a prayer breakfast in Columbia, South Carolina, on Tuesday. He may not have enough time to erase the big lead Hillary Clinton enjoys with the state's African-Americans, but he's far from hopeless on that front. It helps him that Clinton's support, as elsewhere, is pragmatic rather than inspired.

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