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South Carolina's 'World Famous Fish Fry' reels in 2020 Dems

© Provided by The Associated Press House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn discusses economic disadvantages in the black community ahead of a presidential candidate forum on Saturday, June 15, 2019, in Charleston, S.C., sponsored by the Black Economic Alliance. A handful of Democratic presidential contenders planned to speak at the gathering in the first state where minority voters will play a major role in next year's voting. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

It's been part of South Carolina politics for nearly three decades, but House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn's "World Famous Fish Fry" is a little different this year, becoming a showpiece Democratic event in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election.

At Clyburn's invitation, 21 Democrats seeking their party's presidential nomination will address a crowd in downtown Columbia on Friday night. The gathering will mark the first time so many hopefuls from the sprawling field will appear at the same event and comes just days before the first primary debates.

South Carolina. Virtually all of the White House hopefuls will also attend a party fundraiser and convention along with a Planned Parenthood forum on abortion rights . It's all part of an effort to court the black voters who are crucial to winning the first presidential primary in the South .

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21st June 2019

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