Democratic candidates make final push for votes before Saturday' - DatelineCarolina

Democratic candidates make final push for votes before Saturday's primary

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Clinton talks about racial tensions in America. Clinton talks about racial tensions in America.
Sen. Sanders highlights his involvement in the Civil Rights movement. Sen. Sanders highlights his involvement in the Civil Rights movement.
Dr.Kirk Randazzo says closing the voting gap between Sanders and Clinton will be a challenge. Dr.Kirk Randazzo says closing the voting gap between Sanders and Clinton will be a challenge.

By Raven Bouie

The Democratic presidential candidates made final speeches to gain momentum and voters at Tuesday night's CNN town hall in Columbia.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton focused on the serious challenges and racial tensions affecting the nation.

"We have serious challenges and I think its important for people, and particularly for white people, to be honest about those. Otherwise, we are never going to be the nation we should be, we are never going to overcome our legacy," Clinton said.

Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke of his involvement in the civil rights movement.

"Every great religion in the world – Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism – essentially comes down to 'do unto others as you would like them to do to you,'" said Sanders. "And what I have believed in my whole life, I believed it when I was 22-year-old kid getting arrested in Chicago fighting segregation."

A recent poll by RealClearPolitics shows Clinton is leading by 24 points over Sanders. The pollsters says this can be attributed to the support from African American voters. Another recent poll by CNN/ORC South Carolina shows Clinton has among 65 percent of African American support while Sanders has only 28 percent.

Clinton's lead in the Palmetto State has several voters wondering if Sanders will be able to close the gap.

University of South Carolina's political science professor Dr. Kirk Randazzo says at this point it will definitely be a challenge for Sanders.

"Clinton has an incredible political organization across the state. She has spent a lot of time, a lot of energy, a lot of resources making sure her message is heard to all the citizens in South Carolina," said Randazzo.

South Carolina Democrats head to the polls on Saturday. Find your polling place here.

To view candidates latest polls, click here.

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