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UPDATED 1:06 PM PST — Thurs. Nov. 8, 2018

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is going after “white voters” over the outcomes of gubernatorial elections in Florida and Georgia.

In an interview Thursday, Sanders claimed White Americans are “uncomfortable” voting for black candidates. The senator said Florida candidate Andrew Gillum and Georgia’s Stacey Abrams faced — what he called — “blatant racism” during their campaigns.

Sanders’ remarks comes despite many candidates of color having been elected across the country.

United States Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., thanks supporters after winning re-election during a Democratic election night rally party in Burlington, Vt., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

On the other hand, some volunteers for Brian Kemp’s campaign said the election was about stances on key issues.

“The one positive feedback that we keep getting from voters over and over and over making these calls is what a great direction Georgia has been in,” said Julianne Thompson, a Georgia volunteer. “We have a booming economy, job growth, safe streets and people are excited about that and they want to keep that going in the state of Georgia…they feel Brian Kemp is the right person to do that.”

Sanders expressed hope more candidates that align with his views will be voted into office during the next cycle.

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