Buttigieg surrogate: Nevada shows candidate can perform well in diverse states

Jennifer Holdsworth, a Democratic strategist and surrogate for Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg launches new PAC to aid down-ballot candidates HuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Economists fear slow pace of testing will prolong recession MORE’s presidential campaign, on Wednesday defended the former South Bend, Ind., mayor's ability to garner support in diverse states. 

Asked by Hill.TV’s “Rising” host Krystal Ball if Buttigieg has to show that he can perform well in a diverse state at some point, Holdsworth suggested the mayor already has, citing Buttigieg’s third place finish in Nevada last week. 

“He performed really well in Nevada,” Holdsworth responded. “I think there were very, very low expectations for the mayor there.” 

“I think he got 2 percent with the black vote in Nevada,” Ball followed up. 

“But he came third in an extremely diverse state,” Holdsworth said, adding that he had support from the Latino community. 

“Now going into South Carolina I think you're going to see that increase, and the last poll that I saw he has well into the double-digits support in the black community in Virginia. So, the more time the mayor has to introduce himself to the community, the higher his number gets. I think that’s a trend you're going to see happen throughout the rest of this race.” 

South Carolina, which holds its primary on Saturday, is the first state on the primary calendar with a significant African American population. 

Buttigieg has struggled to win widespread support from the African American community, and trails behind top candidates in recent South Carolina polls despite his success in the earlier, whiter, states of Iowa and New Hampshire. 

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