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Hillary Asks South Carolina Blacks for a Second Chance

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By    |   Thursday, 28 May 2015 12:21 PM

In her first visit to South Carolina since announcing her candidacy for president, Hillary Clinton reached out to black voters who shunned her in 2008 and cast their ballots for President Barack Obama, The New York Times reports.

"Some of you may remember we had a pretty vigorous campaign in 2008," she joked on Wednesday to an audience of Democratic women, many of them black, according to the Times, which notes that Clinton wants to win back black voters who took umbrage to some remarks she and her husband, President Bill Clinton, made during the heated 2008 primary.

When Obama bested Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton pointed out that "Jesse Jackson won South Carolina in '84 and '88," but failed to win the presidency, a remark some blacks found offensive, CNN notes.

The former president also angered many black voters when he characterized Obama’s candidacy as "the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen," though Clinton said he was referring to Obama’s position on the Iraq War.

And Hillary Clinton, CNN reports, accused Obama of working closely with a slumlord.

On Wednesday, Clinton worked to impart the message that once she conceded to Obama, she was squarely in his corner.

"I went to work for him because he and I share many of the same positions about what should be done in the next presidency," she told the crowd.

The black vote is essential for the former secretary of state to win both the Democratic nomination and the presidency, according to NPR, which noted that in 2008, 55 percent of Democratic primary voters in South Carolina were black. And the margin of black voters who chose Obama over Clinton was startling: 78 percent to 19 percent.

South Carolina’s former state party head, Dick Harpootlian, told CNN that Hillary Clinton has an uphill battle with Palmetto State Democrats.

"I see no enthusiasm among rank and file Democrats for Hillary Clinton and there are still some harsh feelings about what happened in 2008," he said.

Citing former Democratic National Committee Chairman Donald Fowler, the Times reported that blacks would comprise 50 percent of South Carolina’s primary vote.

Bakari Sellers, a former state lawmaker who co-chaired Obama's 2008 state steering committee, told CNN that Clinton's South Carolina visit is her "reintroduction to African-American voters."

"I don't care how you couch it," he said. "It just is."

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In her first visit to South Carolina since announcing her candidacy for president, Hillary Clinton reached out to black voters who shunned her in 2008 and cast their ballots for President Barack Obama, The New York Times reports.
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