CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA—On Friday, the last full day before the South Carolina Republican primary, most of the candidates—including Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich—hosted rallies in the Charleston area. Their messages ranged from the overtly religious to the outright insane, but their audiences were astoundingly similar.

The crowd at Ted Cruz’s rally at the Sottile Theater in downtown Charleston
The crowd at Donald Trump’s rally at the Northern Charleston Convention Center

Charleston, according to the 2014 census, is almost 30 percent African American.

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