Campaign '04: Beyond The Pulpit

As the candidates eye the South Carolina primary, they are reinventing the way they court the African-American vote

The Buffalo Soldiers are invading the diners and barbershops of South Carolina. The political soldiers, named after a 19th century black Army regiment, once stormed black neighborhoods to get out the vote for Bill Clinton. This year they are canvassing for Wesley Clark, but the battle isn't so simple this time. Last Thursday, as Buffalo Soldiers in black cavalry hats and boots gathered around Rhonda Court, 40, an apartment-complex manager eating lunch at LJ's Soul Food Cafe in Charleston, she wasn't satisfied with the cowboy pitch. "What's Clark all about on Medicaid and getting lower-income families better access to health coverage?"...

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