Sanders Vows To Win Georgia
ATLANTA, GEORGIA, CASCADE PRESS (CP)
Bernie Sanders vows to win the Georgia Presidential Preference Primary which will be held on March 1. Sanders made his pledge to win in Georgia during a campaign stop on his Historical Black College and Universities (HBCU) Tour on Tuesday at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.
Students from Georgia Tech, Georgia State University and other Atlanta University Center schools joined students from Morehouse College and other interested supporters in a packed Forbes Arena. The arena is named “in honor of the legendary Morehouse coach and administrator, Franklin LaFayette Forbes” and has a seating capacity of 6,000. Every seat in the house was full and practically every inch of the basketball court held an overflow crowd in the neighborhood of 4,000 more supporters.
The Georgia primary is part of the so called SEC primary, which draws its name from the fact that several states holding primaries that day are members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Southeastern Conference.
Sanders spent much of Tuesday in South Carolina shoring up his support among leaders in the African American community. South Carolina will hold its primary on Saturday. Recent polls show that Sanders has cut into the 30 percentage point lead that Hillary Clinton has held much of the polling season. Polls from South Carolina now have Clinton with only a 19 percentage point lead.
On Tuesday, Sanders began his address by telling his audience that when he began his campaign he was “50 points behind in Iowa” and that the “Iowa Caucus ended in a “virtual tie.”
He basked in the glow of the his recent thumping of Clinton in New Hampshire and said, “the run to the White House doesn’t seem so impossible now.”
Then Sanders said that “I started out way, way, behind in Georgia, but I think we will win in Georgia.”
Forbes Arena exploded in applause.
In recent days, several key African American Democrats in Georgia have thrown their support behind Sanders. Among them is State Senator Vincent Fort, a 2017 candidate for mayor of Atlanta and a former supporter of Clinton.
Fort, introduced Sanders. He told the crowd, “We have to make Bernie Sanders the next President of the United States.”
Also sharing center stage with Sanders was Dr. John Eaves, who is serving his third term as Chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commission, and prominent attorney and former Fulton County Commissioner Gordon Joyner.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Fifth Congressional District Congressman John Lewis leveled sharp criticism against Sanders last weekend alleging that Sanders was not a bona fide civil rights activist. Lewis quickly backtracked a day later after intense national outrage over his dismissive remarks about Sanders’ involvement in the civil rights movement.
In spite of this criticism, Sanders was upbeat in what Morehouse students and alumni affectionately call, “The House;” and in the style of football legend Joe Namath, predicted a win in Georgia in two weeks.