Clinton woos blue-collar whites

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PADUCAH, United States: No Democratic presidential candidate has won Kentucky since 1980 except Hillary Clinton’s husband Bill, but she is treating the state as an opportunity to appeal to a demographic that has consistently snubbed her: working-class white men. The Bluegrass State holds its Democratic primary on Tuesday, and Clinton’s rival Bernie Sanders is gunning for a victory here like his one last week in neighboring West Virginia, as he battles to keep his long-shot nomination bid alive. The two states are linked to coal as is much of Appalachia, the largely white, long-struggling eastern US region where many feel they have been given the cold shoulder in the lukewarm recovery from the 2007-2008 financial crisis. The Clintons have made several trips to coal country to try and contain the damage from comments Hillary made in March, when she said she aimed to “put a lot of coal companies and coal miners out of business.”

AFP

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