Buttigieg going to North Carolina for Rev. Barber visit

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, South Bend, Ind. mayor, address the National Action Network (NAN) convention, Thursday April 4, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj) is visiting eastern North Carolina as he works to improve his standing in a Super Tuesday state and with black voters.

Buttigieg is attending Sunday morning services at the Goldsboro church led by civil rights leader the Rev. William Barber. The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, also plans to speak at Greenleaf Christian Church afterward on poverty issues.

While Buttigieg has gained ground in Iowa and New Hampshire, he’s struggled to rally black voters. A recent poll found just 1% of African Americans in South Carolina support Buttigieg. He’s also faced criticism following the South Bend shooting death of an African American man by a white police officer.

Barber is co-chairman of the national Poor People’s Campaign and a former North Carolina NAACP president.

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