National political reporter covering the 2020 presidential campaign. Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, bachelor's in journalism and mass communication
Cleve R. Wootson Jr. is a national political reporter for The Washington Post, covering the 2020 campaign for president. He previously worked on The Post's General Assignment team. Before that, he was a reporter for the Charlotte Observer.
The South Carolina Democrat, who will welcome 22 presidential candidates to his fish fry on Friday, is at the center of disputes in his fractured party and finds his influence under assault in his home state.
Interviews with African American voters and activists in three competitive states reveal stark differences in whether to be pragmatic or ideological when it comes to electing a candidate to take on President Trump.