It isn’t that minority voters dislike Senator Bernie Sanders. They just aren’t familiar with him.
Sanders’ presidential campaign seems to be hitting its stride, based on polls coming out of Iowa and New Hampshire. But while he gains traction among those early primary voters, he is failing to generate enthusiasm — or even name recognition — with one key Democratic voting demographic: minorities.
As Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager, told The New York Times:
In an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll last week, 95 percent of nonwhite Democratic voters said they could see themselves supporting Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton for the party’s nomination, but only about one-quarter of respondents said they could see themselves voting for Sanders.
Bernie addressed his relatively anemic support among African-Americans during an interview with George Stephanopoulos Sunday:
Sanders intended to do just that with an audience in Charleston, S.C., but he postponed that event after the deadly shooting there earlier this month. And when he spoke to a crowd of Latino government officials from across the country in Las Vegas in June, the Los Angeles Times reported that the room was about half-empty.