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Country’s Oldest African-American Newspaper Endorses Sanders

The oldest African-American newspaper in the United States, the Philadelphia Tribune, has officially endorsed Bernie Sanders.

“Sanders offers an inspiring message and bold vision for America without the excessive baggage of Clinton, which is why Sanders is our choice for president in the Democratic primary,” the editorial from the Philadelphia Tribune read.

The Hill reports:

The editorial cited Clinton’s support of the 1994 crime bill, her use of the term “super predator” to describe black men involved in crime and her paid Wall Street speeches for reasons against endorsing the former secretary of state. And the editorial board said Sanders has always lobbied for the African-American community.

“Since his days as a student at the University of Chicago protesting against segregation in public schools in Chicago and throughout his political career, Sanders has supported policies and programs that would be in the best interest of all Americans and African Americans, specifically,” the editorial read.

Sanders has struggled to gain the black vote compared to Clinton.

In a Fox News poll conducted in Pennsylvania earlier this month, Clinton had the support of 69 percent of blacks surveyed, compared to Sanders’s 22 percent.

She leads Sanders overall in the state by 16 points, 53 percent to 37 percent, according to a RealClearPolitics average of polls. Pennsylvania is among five states voting on Tuesday.

The Tribune also endorsed John Kasich in the GOP primary, calling him “easily the best GOP choice.” And the board gave its support to Democrat Joe Sestak in the race for current Sen. Pat Toomey’s seat.

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