U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters with the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals Mohegan Sun Pocono, Plains, Pa., Monday April 15, 2019. The stop was part of his tour to emphasize that Democrats' clearest and strongest path to victory in 2020 runs through the upper Midwest -- and that Bernie Sanders is by far the best-positioned candidate to win these states and defeat Donald Trump. At rallies in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania -- three states that flipped and voted for Donald Trump in 2016 -- Sanders will deliver a message focused on fighting against unfair trade deals that undermine workers wages and enrich CEOs, rebuilding and strengthening unions and guaranteeing health care as a right to all with Medicare for All. (Mark Moran/The Citizens' Voice via AP)

Sanders gets endorsements from 7 black S. Carolina lawmakers

April 18, 2019 - 5:25 pm

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he has been endorsed by seven black lawmakers in the critical early voting state of South Carolina.

Sanders' 2020 campaign made the announcement Thursday before a Spartanburg town hall meeting with members of the state's Legislative Black Caucus. The supporters include state Reps. Terry Alexander and Justin Bamberg, both of whom served as top national surrogates for Sanders in 2016.

The support is part of Sanders' attempt to turn things around in South Carolina, which handed him a drubbing in 2016 and blunted his presidential campaign's momentum.

For months, the senator from Vermont has been working to deepen his ties with black voters, who comprise most of the Democratic primary electorate in South Carolina, home of the first primary in the South.