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On Thursday, Clinton spoke at a Baptist church in Florence alongside Booker. The crowd was at capacity, forcing a fire marshal to bar another 50 people who showed up from entering including this reporter. But dozens stuck around to listen to Booker and Clinton over speakers piped outside.
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South Carolina faced two racially fraught tragedies last year. Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, was killed by a white police officer in April; in June,a mass shooting at the Mother Emanuel church in Charleston left nine people dead. Clinton advocated for racial justice and healing after those events, and held a forum Tuesday with mothers of unarmed young blacks who have been killed in high profile acts of brutality. Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton; Sandra Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed Veal; Maria Hamilton, the mother of Dontre Hamilton; Lucy McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis and Eric Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, attended.
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To hammer that message home, Priorities USA, a super PAC backing Clinton, is running radio ads here featuring former Attorney General Eric Holder’s endorsement of Clinton, emphasizing that Obama chose Holder to defend voting rights and investigate police misconduct. Other ads for Clinton similarly emphasize her connection to Obama.
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