How did John Edwards win the South Carolina primary?
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darklordoftech
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« on: August 06, 2021, 08:41:02 PM »

Why would blacks pick Edwards over Kerry?
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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2021, 05:17:17 PM »

The SC Democratic electorate was whiter, I feel, in 2004 than it is today, though it'd still be quite African-American. Anyway, in response to your question: the reason Edwards won SC should be pretty obvious; it's the same reason Obama won Indiana in 2008 - a 'home state' bump of sorts; Edwards came from next-door NC and was a homespun southerner. (Imagine how elated Southern Democrats would feel at the prospect of four elections in a row where the Democratic candidate was southern.) It was the fact that not only was Edwards a southerner, but he was from nearby NC.
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2021, 05:25:10 PM »

Why would blacks pick Edwards over Kerry?

Maybe Edwards came off as more relatable in some ways.
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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2021, 12:15:40 PM »

The SC Democratic electorate was whiter, I feel, in 2004 than it is today, though it'd still be quite African-American. Anyway, in response to your question: the reason Edwards won SC should be pretty obvious; it's the same reason Obama won Indiana in 2008 - a 'home state' bump of sorts; Edwards came from next-door NC and was a homespun southerner. (Imagine how elated Southern Democrats would feel at the prospect of four elections in a row where the Democratic candidate was southern.) It was the fact that not only was Edwards a southerner, but he was from nearby NC.
Edwards was born in Seneca, SC and attended a semester at Clemson University
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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2021, 12:23:27 PM »

Why would blacks pick Edwards over Kerry?

I don't think the racial gap in the '04 primaries was that enormous.  Yes, Kerry did better with black voters than Edwards did overall, but it wasn't as big a split as, say, Clinton vs. Sanders in the '16 primaries.
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