Jane Sanders: Final push in S.C. should boost Bernie’s support heading into primary

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, and his wife Jane acknowledge the crowd as he arrives for his caucus night rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday.

COLUMBIA — Jane Sanders hopes her husband, Sen. Bernie Sanders, is able to improve upon his surge in Nevada’s Democratic presidential caucus in time for the Palmetto state’s Democratic primary on Saturday.

Sanders lost to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the weekend in Nevada, getting about 47 percent of the vote.

“We managed to move from 4 percent (in Nevada) to close to 48 percent in a short frame of time,” she said Sunday in an interview with The Post and Courier. “I think we were 25 points down two weeks ago. So our hope is that that can be replicated in terms of the movement of the vote.”

Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, was polling at 9 percent among likely Democratic voters in September, according to a Public Policy Polling survey. As of Thursday, Sanders received 32 percent to challenger Hillary Clinton’s 61 percent, according to a poll done by American Research Group.

“We’re going to make the best of this last week talking about things that really concern people: universal health care, higher wages, education, educational equity — which I know is a big issue in South Carolina, criminal justice, income inequality,” she said.

Sanders said her husband’s campaign will pop in and out of the state during the week, with some focus being given to the states in the March 1 Super Tuesday votes.

“I’ll be playing a more active role, as well,” she said. “Normally I go with him everywhere. And I’m beginning to get out on my own, as well, talking to different people and listening to people.”

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