Clinton, Sanders both try to gain black and minority votes in an important state.
The New York primary represented a major win for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, but the close race meant that both democratic candidates made significant efforts to secure voters of all backgrounds.
This blog, posted by the Wall Street Journal, points out that Sanders particularly took action this week in trying to gain support from African American voters. Though his Washington Square rally was highly attended, most of the people there were white. And he continues to lag behind opponent Hillary Clinton in gaining favor among black voters.
Sanders aired two TV ads featuring prominent black figures in New York. One of them featuring daughter of Eric Garner, who was strangled by a police officer in a controversial confrontation that angered many New Yorkers and people nationwide.
Clinton also addressed the issue of race at her Bronx rally, saying, “White Americans need to do a much better job of listening when African-Americans talk about the seen and unseen barriers you face every day. We need to recognize our privilege, and practice humility, rather than assume our experiences are like everyone else’s.”