In a humble church in Charlotte, Hillary Clinton yesterday made a passionate case for police reform and a direct appeal to black voters, whose support she needs to win the swing state of North Carolina, Politico reports. Less than two weeks after the death of Keith Lamont Scott, a black man killed by police, Clinton arrived with a message of sympathy for a grieving community and political promises, including “end to end reform in our criminal justice system — not half-measures, but full measures.”
Clinton’s challenge in North Carolina, where polls have her trailing Donald Trump by about 3 points, is boosting the African-American vote that landed Obama a victory in 2008, when he won a state that had gone to the Republican nominee in the previous seven presidential election cycles. The key was Mecklenburg County, which includes the city of Charlotte, where Obama beat John McCain by more than 100,000 votes. Clinton has spoken out on criminal justice reform and “systematic racism” consistently since she launched her campaign. She is struggling to inspire young black voters, who remain resistant to her message of reform and lack institutional loyalty to the Democratic Party.