Struggling Dem Downplays Lack Of Support From Minorities

Via The Washington Examiner:

VINTON, Iowa — Pete Buttigieg pointed to the low polling numbers of former 2020 rivals Cory Booker and Kamala Harris in South Carolina when deflecting a question about his inability to connect with black voters.

“We’re also engaging voters who are rightly skeptical, who have felt taken for granted, not only kicked around by the Republican Party, but taken for granted by mine,” Buttigieg said Monday at a campaign event. “It is certainly more challenging when you’ve been here a matter of months in presidential politics instead of decades. And you will see, even African American candidates struggle to get out of single digits in the South.”

Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has been plagued throughout his White House bid by his failure to appeal to black Democrats, who comprise a crucial voting bloc. In the Feb. 29 South Carolina primary, an important early contest, the electorate is expected to be as much as 60% black.

Booker and Harris, senators for New Jersey and California respectively, dropped out of the 2020 Democratic primary race before Iowa’s kick-off caucuses on Feb. 3.