[Ed. – Well, some of them do. Don’t be deceived by chirpy commentary on this; it’s not about reaching out to “forgotten voters.” Rural counties have hardly any votes. It’s about selling the Democratic brand to voters who matter in the fights Soros-backed Democrats really care about: redistricting, state Voter ID laws, county sheriff and DA races. The dark-money organizations are investing in all these levels of government where Republicans have had a big edge over the last 40 years — because that’s how you make the electoral environment as a whole hostile to Republicans. California’s vast exurbs in the hinterlands of LA and San Francisco are prime examples. Trotting Cory Booker and Kamala Harris around to shake hands and kiss babies is marketing for the key supporting campaigns in state and local government.]
Deanna Miller Berry doesn’t often see presidential candidates. So when New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker recently came to Bamberg County, South Carolina, she was primed to unload about a contaminated water system.
“What is your plan to fix it?” Berry asked, her eyes narrowed.
Booker, former mayor of Newark, the largest city in the most densely populated state, assured Berry he cares about the 3,000 residents of Denmark, South Carolina. “This is a time in America where too many people are feeling left out, left behind, not included,” he said, promising “a massive infrastructure investment” targeting “forgotten” places.
The exchange highlights the effort by Democratic presidential candidates to make inroads in rural America.