By Frederick H. Lowe
Bernie Sanders will go into Tuesday’s Wisconsin Democratic Primary with a lead among black voters over rival Hillary Clinton, according to Public Policy Polling.
Sanders, a Democratic Socialist from Vermont, is expect to win 51 percent of the black vote to Clinton’s 40 percent. Nine percent of black voters are undecided.
Many prominent African Americans voiced support for Sanders over Clinton, the former U.S. Secretary of State, because as First Lady under President Bill Clinton, she supported the mass incarceration of black men. In addition, she supported the North American Free Trade Agreement, which contributed to the country’s deindustrialization. At one time, she supported the Trans Pacific Partnership until Sanders called her on it.
On Friday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that March’s unemployment rate for African Americans was 9 percent, much higher than any other racial group.
Overall, Sanders is leading Clinton 46 percent to 43 percent with 8 percent undecided in Tuesday’s primary, according to Public Policy Polling.
Sanders is leading among independents, men, the very liberal and voters under 45 years old.
Clinton is leading among senior citizens in the Democratic Primary.