“South Carolina is not a Republican state, but it is a conservative state and we have to give our candidates a fighting chance,” said Harrison, now in his second term in the position. “My emphasis has been on young people — ages 20-35 –and we have to make inroads among young white voters, too.”
Sanders is now locked into a statistical tie with Clinton in Iowa, according to recent polls, while he still holds a sizable lead over Clinton in New Hampshire. But in South Carolina, where the primary is scheduled for Feb. 27, Clinton leads Sanders handily in most polls.
Sanders, however, says he plans to win South Carolina with help from African-Americans voters. Both candidates have campaigned aggressively in South Carolina.
At a recent reception in Charleston, Harrison worked the room with a wide smile and a tight handshake, greeting guests and making sure he connected people, both Black and white, during the evening.
When Congressman Clyburn walked into the reception, Harrison shook his hand and they shared a laugh.
“I’ve been mentoring this young man since he was in the 11th grade,” Clyburn said affectionately. “And I can’t get rid of him!”
Harrison smiled, hugged Clyburn, and quickly turned to greet more guests.
Networking is what Harrison does best and his down-home style in a high-profile Democratic leadership role could encourage more South Carolina residents to vote in next month’s crucial primary.
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