By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Saturday, February 20, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) defeated US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) in the closely contested Nevada Caucuses. Clinton won 52 percent to Sanders’ 48 percent. After a crushing loss in New Hampshire and a statistical tie in Iowa, the victory in Nevada gets the Clinton team on what they hope is a winning track.
Alabama is one of the early southern states where the Presidency will be won or lost. Hillary Clinton’s Alabama campaign has announced a number of activities to get out Clinton voters for the March 1 Alabama Primary.
On Monday, February 22 Congressman John Lewis (D-Georgia) and Birmingham Mayor William Bell will hold a conversation with African American business owners about Hillary Clinton’s plan to break racial and economic barriers for African Americans and Black-owned businesses. Rep. Lewis, (who spent his formative years in Alabama) is expected to emphasize Clinton’s decades-long commitment to delivering results for African American families and her plans to strengthen education, create jobs, raise the minimum wage, and increase economic opportunities for communities of color as President.
The duo will be at Moore Style Barber Shop at 1727 3rd Avenue North, in Birmingham at 3:15 PM.
Later that Monday State Representative Patricia Todd (D) will host ‘An Evening for Hillary’ with campaign supporters Chez Lulu Restaurant in English Village to register new volunteers ahead of Alabama’s March 1, Presidential Primary. Rep. Todd is a member of the Hillary for Alabama Leadership Council. Rep. Todd will speak about Clinton’s decades-long record fighting to create social and economic opportunities for all families and provide updates about what Clinton’s campaign is doing in Alabama.
On Wednesday, February 17, Hillary Clinton’s campaign received welcome news when the Alabama Legislative Black Caucus endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.
The Chair of the Alabama Black Legislative Caucus, Senator Rodger Smitherman (D-Birmingham) said in a statement, “Hillary Clinton is the only candidate in this election who truly understands the struggles African American families face every day in Alabama, and the only candidate that has put forth a realistic plan to improve the quality of life for all Alabamians regardless of the color of their skin.” “The only way for our country to continue moving forward is to elect Hillary Clinton. On March 1, we hope state Democrats will vote with their heart and their head and join us in nominating Hillary Clinton for President.”
State Representative Merika Coleman (D-Birmingham) said, “Black Alabamians know we need Hillary Clinton in the White House to fight for us on issues ranging from fixing our broken criminal justice system to keep innocent children safe and out from behind bars to strengthening Obamacare so that every person can have access to affordable healthcare.”
Sec. Clinton is locked in a battle with Senator Bernie Sanders (I from Vermont) for the Democratic Party nomination for President. The battle for Black voters is likely to decide the outcomes in a number of southern states including Alabama.
The South Carolina Democratic Primary is Saturday, February 27. That will be followed closely by Alabama and 14 other states on March 1.