Focus group commissioned by Pete Buttigieg & # 39; s campaign found & # 39; gay are a barrier & # 39; for black voters in South Carolina
- Pete Buttigieg, 37, is America's first openly gay democrat presidential candidate
- Men and younger women were particularly resistant to his sexual orientation
- Voters said his homosexuality was not & # 39; front and center & # 39; of his campaign
- Some feared that Republicans could use his sexuality to discredit him
The sexual orientation of presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is & # 39; a barrier & # 39; for black voters in South Carolina, has revealed a focus group.
Buttigieg, 37, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., Is the first openly gay presidential candidate for the Democrat.
& # 39; Although it is not a disqualifier, gay was a barrier for these voters, especially men and younger women, & # 39; explained the report.
The sexual orientation of presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is & # 39; a barrier & # 39; for black voters in South Carolina, has revealed a focus group
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, right, and husband, Chasten Glezman, recognize supporters after speaking at a campaign event Thursday, May 9. Buttigieg married Glezman in June 2018
During the focus groups, a short biography of the hopeful president of the democrat states that he lives with his husband, Chasten, whom he married in June 2018.
The mention of his sexuality caused some respondents & # 39;ask why he should even bring it up. & # 39;
The July report brought together the answers from 24 90-minute conversations with & # 39; non-committed African-American likely primary voters & # 39; in Columbia, South Carolina.
According to the report, his sexuality was a barrier & # 39; especially & # 39; for black men & # 39; who even seemed uncomfortable talking about it. & # 39;
Regarding all sexes and ages, the report said: & # 39; their preference is for his sexuality not to be paramount. & # 39;
Although some said it wasn't a problem for them personally, they feared that the Republicans would use it to undermine Buttigieg, a democratic hopeful.
They also thought it might cause difficulties in interactions with some world leaders.
His campaign had previously attributed low support in black communities to a problem with name recognition and has made more efforts in recent months.
A South Carolina Democratic strategist, Antjuan Seawright, told the Washington Post that he was not surprised by the results.
& # 39; Older African-American voters have traditionally, particularly in the South, been on the conservative side of some aspects of their politics, & # 39; said Seawright.
He added that he didn't think there was a need for the Buttigieg campaign to use focus groups to confirm & # 39; what we already knew & # 39 ;.
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