Clinton, Sanders to debate after splitting contests

MILWAUKEE (AP) — After splitting the first two voting contests, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are taking their increasingly heated fight for the Democratic presidential nomination back to the debate stage Thursday night. Both candidates are jockeying for an advantage as the race heads toward delegate-rich states.

For Clinton, that means bolstering her appeal with minorities, particularly black and Hispanic voters. Hours before the debate, a coalition of black lawmakers formally endorsed her, calling her a long-term partner who understands racial divides in America.

Sanders, who has demonstrated broad appeal with young voters and liberals, must now prove that he can run a viable campaign outside of the overwhelmingly white states that kick off the nominating process.