Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is gaining ground with African-American voters, who will play a key role in deciding who becomes the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, Politico is reporting.
Her increasing support from black voters comes after she had struggled early on to win their support, according to Politico.
A Quinnipiac University poll last week showed Warren winning 19% of the African-American vote. Politico noted the number represented a nine-point increase from the survey’s results in August.
And a Morning Consult poll shows she is up by 5% with black voters since August, according to Politico.
The increases have played a role in her surging poll numbers.
“It’s certainly a dramatic shift that had to be noticed by the (Joe) Biden campaign — and also (Bernie) Sanders, (Kamala) Harris and (Pete) Buttigieg,” said Tim Malloy, Quinnipiac’s polling analyst. “Other (candidates) aren’t moving. And if they are, it’s in the wrong direction.”
Last month’s Essence-Black Women’s Roundtable poll had Warren in third place behind former Biden and Harris.
“Elizabeth Warren has been speaking directly to a lot of black women’s issues,” said Avis Jones-DeWeever, a lead researcher on the Essence-Black Women’s Roundtable poll. “I’m seeing those direct specifics that (she’s) looking at and focusing on.”
And Democratic strategist Antjuan Seawright told The Hill: "She's expanding her coalition, and that's a credit to her strategy and messaging and the bottom-up campaign she's built to this point."
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