At South Carolina State University, a historically black public institution of higher learning, some students shuttle between campus buildings, while others bury their faces in textbooks. Many of these African Americans students are focused on their studies, not the upcoming 2020 presidential election.
“A lot of our generation, a lot of my friends, say, 'I'm not going to vote because my vote doesn’t matter,'” said Kayla Hasty, a senior biology major from Ridgeland, South Carolina.
Hasty points to apathy among blacks who didn’t vote in the 2016 election. Now, she is encouraging young people between the ages of 18 to 34 to vote in South Carolina’s second-in-the-nation presidential primary contest on Feb. 29.
“So, instead of already feeling defeated, do something about it," she said. "Are you going to suffer for four more years of the same thing that you could have prevented had you (gone) and voted?"
Black voters make up about 25% of the Democratic electorate nationwide, however, they account for roughly two-thirds of the party's primary voters in South Carolina. As an early voting state, it can play a pivotal role in determining which Democratic candidate will win the nomination and face President Donald Trump next November.
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