Sanders touts South Carolina official who switched from Biden to back him in South Carolina ad

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Judge slams Wisconsin governor, lawmakers for not delaying election amid coronavirus outbreak The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden offers to talk coronavirus response with Trump MORE’s (I-Vt.) presidential campaign released its first television ad in South Carolina on Tuesday touting an endorsement from a local lawmaker who had previously backed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Overnight Health Care: Trump resists pressure for nationwide stay-at-home order | Trump open to speaking to Biden about virus response | Fauci gets security detail | Outbreak creates emergency in nursing homes 16 things to know today about coronavirus outbreak MORE.

The 30-second video highlights Richland County Council Vice Chairwoman Dalhi Myers, who raised eyebrows last month when she defected from Biden and announced her support for Sanders. Myers says she made the switch because she believes Sanders’s campaign can gin up the enthusiasm from Democrats necessary to win in November. 

“I don't think there's anything more important than defeating Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Esper: Military personnel could help treat coronavirus patients 'if push comes to shove' Schumer calls for military official to act as medical equipment czar MORE,” Myers says in the ad. “I switched from the Biden campaign to the Sanders campaign because I want to see the kind of lines around the building that we saw in 2008. I want to see people motivated to get out and vote for a candidate that they believe in.” 

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“This campaign’s got the movement. We've got the momentum,” she adds. “Somebody's got to take this fight to Donald Trump, and I think Bernie Sanders can do that.”

The new ad comes less than two weeks before the crucial South Carolina primary. Surveys currently have Sanders sitting at second place behind former Vice President Joe Biden, though his poll numbers are on the rise.

South Carolina’s primary is the first real opportunity for candidates to show their support among African American Democrats, a key voting bloc for the party that will make up more than 60 percent of the state’s primary electorate. 

Sanders was trounced in the Palmetto State’s primary in 2016, losing to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPoll: More Republican voters think party is more united than Democratic voters Whoopi Goldberg presses Sanders: 'Why are you still in the race?' Poll: Biden holds slight edge on Trump in Wisconsin MORE by 47 points. However, Sanders has prioritized expanding his reach to voters of color and is buoyed by recent strong showings in both Iowa and New Hampshire.