Former Vice President Joe Biden takes a selfie following the funeral for former U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings at the Summerall Chapel on The Citadel campus Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Charleston, S.C. Biden delivered one of the eulogies for his former Senate colleague. Hollings died earlier this month at age 97. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Biden's appeal among black voters to be tested in SC

May 03, 2019 - 7:29 am

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Joe Biden will have his first chance this weekend in South Carolina to demonstrate whether he can attract the type of diverse coalition that twice sent Barack Obama to the White House.

The former vice president has opened his presidential campaign with explicit appeals to white, working class voters across the Midwest.

His first trip to South Carolina as a 2020 contender on Saturday will gauge whether his message will resonate among black voters whose support is crucial for winning the nation's first southern primary.