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Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton touts coalition of SC women


Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign announced support from 400 S.C. women in all 46 counties, including S.C. Democratic Party leaders, state legislators and other community leaders.

Supporters of the Democratic frontrunner include Carol Fowler, former S.C. Democratic Party chair, Strom Thurmond’s granddaughter Wanda Williams-Bailey and former First Lady Rachel Hodges, the campaign said.

Other backers include:

▪ Democratic state Reps. Mandy Powers Norrell of Lancaster and Chandra Dillard of Greenville

“We need Hillary Clinton's tenacity to ensure women finally get their long awaited fair share,” Powers Norrell said.

▪ Allen University President Lady Cole and University of South Carolina trustee and attorney Leah Moody

“As first lady, senator and secretary of state, Hillary Clinton has broken down barriers that enables women everywhere to succeed. I can only imagine what she’ll accomplish as Madam President," Moody said.

▪ Two S.C. Democratic Party officers – 1st Vice Chair Kaye Koonce and 2nd Vice Chair Melissa Watson – and Susan Smith, S.C. Democratic Women’s Council president

▪ Retired Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy, the first woman to receive the rank of three-star general in the U.S. Army

▪ Bryanta Maxwell, president of the Young Democrats of South Carolina

"Our next president must take us into the 21st century on women's equality,” Maxwell said. “No challenge is too big for Hillary Clinton, who is ready to tackle issues that have gone unaddressed for far too long.”

▪ More than two-dozen other local government and political party activists from around the state

The Clinton campaign has been building networks of support in the state as speculation continues over whether Vice President Joe Biden will launch a president bid.

Recent polls show Biden gaining on Clinton in South Carolina.

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