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Deluge of Democratic presidential hopefuls descends on South Carolina

Fellow Democratic presidential candidates, from left, Rep. Seth Moulton, Sen. Cory Booker, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Elizabeth Warren stand for a group photo during "Jim Clyburn's World Famous Fish Fry" in Columbia, South Carolina, U.S., June 21, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

South Carolina is at the epicenter of the Democratic presidential primary contest this weekend as 22 candidates descend on the state’s capital to make their pitch for the party’s nomination for president of the United States.

Candidates will oscillate between four separate events - each catering to a different segment of the South Carolina electorate, including local party organizers, voters and activists.

South Carolina will be the fourth state to vote on a candidate for the party early next year, the first in which a significant proportion of the Democratic electorate - about 60 percent - is black.

“There are so many people here in South Carolina who want to make sure that we can have great health care, that their children can get a good education, that they can have good job opportunities, and like Texas, South Carolina has been changing, it’s becoming more competitive,” said Julian Castro, a Texan and former federal housing chief under President Barack Obama.


22nd June 2019

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