Today’s Atlanta-Constitution Journal, regrettably ignored north of the Mason-Dixon line, offers some useful insight into the upcoming South Carolina primary.
Conventional wisdom says that Rep. James Clyburn’s endorsement of John Kerry will give the Massachusetts senator a big boost among African-American voters going into the South Carolina primary next Tuesday.
Maybe not, says Matthew C. Quinn. Reporting from Orangeburg, S.C., Quinn offers up the views of “independent-minded” African-American voters who make it clear that they are not necessarily swayed by an endorsement from Rep. Clyburn.
Also reporting from South Carolina, Drew Jubera sketches out the little-known political history of the “Palmetto State.” The profile is sprinkled with tidbits of valuable demographic information not found in many of the major newspapers covering the state’s primary.
—T.L.Thomas Lang was a writer at CJR Daily.