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During a campaign swing in the Lowcountry this past weekend, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton picked up an endorsement from the union whose members work the Port of Charleston docks.
The International Longshoremen’s Union endorsed Clinton during an event on Saturday morning. The 65,000-member union announced its support earlier this week, but formalized the endorsement at the Charleston stevedore hall.
The endorsement came a day after Clinton delivered the keynote address for the Charleston Branch of the NAACP’s 98th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet.
Speaking before a few hundred NAACP supporters in a North Charleston ballroom, the former Secretary of State recognized the families of the Emanuel AME Church shooting victims. Clinton said the Charleston black community “have shown grace and resilience” through the shooting and the death of Walter Scott after a struggle with a North Charleston officer in April.
Clinton vowed to devote more funding for students attending historically black colleges and to fight for a higher minimum wage, if elected. “It is not even a wage that lifts you out of poverty when you’re doing full-time work,” Clinton said to applause.
The receptive crowd included retiring Charleston Mayor Joe Riley and State Senator Marlon Kimpson.
Clinton enjoys large double-digit leads in South Carolina polls over her closest rival Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. A pair of polls released last week that surveyed likely South Carolina voters found more than half favored Clinton over Sanders.
— South Carolina U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham will be near his boyhood home in Central on Monday, appearing at two separate events in the area. Graham will speak to the Clemson Rotary around noon at the Occasions at Wedgefield event hall before traveling to Clemson University for a 4:30 p.m. town hall.
The Clemson University event is expected to have a large crowd, particularly because of who will be appearing with Graham: none other than tech entrepreneur Bill Gates. The town hall will be held at Tillman Hall in the heart of the school’s campus.