[image-1] Bernie Sanders will make his second North Charleston stop of the 2020 campaign season this week.

On Thurs. March 14, the 77-year-old senator from Vermont will hold a rally at the Royal Family Life Center in North Charleston at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and you can RSVP here.

In January, Sanders gave a 20-minute speech to a packed banquet hall at Royal Missionary Baptist Church (4750 Abraham St.) in North Charleston, four weeks before he officially announced his run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination during an interview with Vermont Public Radio on Feb. 19.

South Carolina has been swarmed with Democratic hopefuls looking to wrest the White House back from President Donald Trump, whose latest job approval numbers sit at 43 percent, according to Gallup.

South Carolina is a key early primary state. In 2016, non-white voters made up 66 percent of the Democratic primary electorate, according to the State Election Commission, making the state a testing ground for a candidate’s appeal to minority communities, especially African-Americans.

“No single candidate can take on Donald Trump and the billionaire class of this country alone,” Sanders’ campaign said in a press release. “Our campaign is about bringing people together to transform our country and create a government that works for all of us, not just the one percent.”

Sanders captured just 26 percent of South Carolina’s Democratic vote in the 2016 primary, ultimately losing the Democratic nomination to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. So far, he is the top Democrat vying for the presidency in the 2020 race, though some are wary of his brand of populist, democratic socialist politics.

“What we saw in the midterms is a lot of people from the center and moderate part of the party really win and take back the House,” Senator Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire told the New York Times, referring to campaigns like those of Rep. Joe Cunningham, who beat a Trump-style Republican in November and became the first Democrat to represent the 1st Congressional District, which includes much of Charleston, since 1981. “We need to make sure we’re being as pragmatic as we can.”


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