|IAM-endorsed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, seen here at a Charleston, SC rally in October 2015, earned a decisive victory in the 2016 South Carolina Democratic Primary.|
IAM-endorsed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton cruised to a more than 45-point victory in the South Carolina Democratic primary, delivering another shot of momentum before today’s Super Tuesday contests.
“Today you sent a message,” Clinton told supporters, “that in America, when we stand together, there is no barrier we can’t break.”
African-American voters went more than 8 to 1 for Clinton, signaling her readiness to compete in a national election.
In her victory speech, Clinton touted an economic plan tailored for the middle class.
“We need more good jobs. Jobs that pay well and can’t be outsourced,” said Clinton, an honorary IAM member. “Let’s make investments in manufacturing and small business… Don’t let anybody tell you we can’t make things in America. I know we can and I know we will. Let’s break down the barriers that keep people on the sidelines of our economy, especially women.”
Clinton was the only presidential candidate to publicly support Charleston, SC Boeing workers seeking IAM representation. “They are fighting for the right to organize free from intimidation and harassment, because those rights are central to building the middle class,” Clinton said at a Charleston rally last October.
Today, voters of both parties in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia go to polls or caucuses. Democrats also caucus in Colorado and Republicans will do the same in Alaska.