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U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) is the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. (Courtesy Photo)

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, campaigned for the Democratic Party in Prince George’s County, Md. Butterfield, who leads the bi-partisan, yet Democratically-dominated caucus, spoke to 40 volunteers for Democratic candidates at the Prince George’s County campaign office for the Hillary Clinton campaign on Sept. 3 in Largo, Md. Candidates attending the event included former Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, heavily favored to be elected as the representative for the Fourth Congressional District that is largely based in Prince George’s County, and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the party’s nominee for the state’s U.S. Senate seat.

Butterfield has served as the CBC chairman since 2015 and has traveled throughout the country for Clinton in places such as Iowa, Albany, N.Y., and Denver. He told the gathering he has been to Baltimore and Baltimore County recently and was told he needed to stop in Prince George’s County. “I have gone this far for Hillary and I won’t leave her now,” Butterfield said.

Butterfield told residents to not focus on presidential battleground states like Florida, but on their own state. “People in this room, you worry about the state of Maryland,” he said. “Maryland isn’t reliably blue, is it Anthony?”

Prince George’s County has the largest bloc of registered Democrats in Maryland with 446,766, according to statistics in the Maryland State Board of Elections’ July 2016 report. Despite these numbers, it couldn’t help elect its own – Brown – to the governor’s office in 2014, with Republican Larry Hogan winning the state’s top elected position that year and it couldn’t pull Fort Washington resident Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) through in her quest for the senatorial Democratic nomination, which was won by Van Hollen on April 24.

Butterfield, in the House since 2005, said this year’s election is the most consequential “in my lifetime.” His state of North Carolina, he noted, is not only a battleground state but one where voter suppression battles have been waged. “After the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the North Carolina legislature went straight to work in setting up voter identification requirements, limiting early voting and outlawing Sunday voting,” Butterfield said. “These actions hurt voter turnout and minority voter participation.”

He cited the recent Supreme Court ruling that threw out North Carolina’s voter suppression laws by a 4-4 vote and said that’s why Clinton needs to win in November.

“If Hillary Clinton is president, she will get to pick the person who will fill the seat of Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” he said. “Who is on the Supreme Court really matters.”

“Every vote matters,” Butterfield said. “The Democrats need the 10 electoral votes but it is the popular vote that matters, too. We are working to get Clinton over 50 percent of the vote.”