SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Bernie Sanders has been surging in political polls with the help of white supporters. Now he's trying to overcome hurdles with prospective black voters who are still learning about him.
Sanders will need to cut into Hillary Rodham Clinton's advantage with African-Americans if he's to do well in South Carolina's February 2016 primary, where more than half the voters are likely to be black.
Black voters will also play key roles in Southern primaries that follow in March.
Sanders and his advisers say his policies and personal story can resonate among black voters — once they get to know him.
He's campaigning this weekend in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.