Sharpton, Sanders Dine in Harlem
Bernie Sanders, fresh off a sweeping victory in New Hampshire, broke bread with Al Sharpton Wednesday in Harlem.
The move is Sanders’ most public effort yet to reach Black voters.
The Vermont senator is in desperate need of African American support, especially with the Feb. 27 Democratic primary in South Carolina just around the corner.
Sanders and Sharpton met for breakfast at the historic Sylvia’s Restaurant. The presidential hopeful arrived at 9:45 a.m. and the brief meeting concluded just after 10:15 a.m.
On Tuesday, Sanders exceeded expectations when he claimed New Hampshire —a state Hillary Clinton snatched against then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2008.
Supporters lined up outside of the historic restaurant to cheer on the insurgent candidate.
“I live in Harlem and I’m excited,” Angela Bronner-Helm told the New York Post. “I feel more aligned with what he’s standing for…I think the Clintons have taken the African-American vote for granted.”
In the last South Carolina Democratic poll taken by NBC and the Wall Street Journal, Clinton led Sanders, 64-27 in the state.