The focus group of black South Carolina voters was staged in July and a report into the findings said: ‘Though not a disqualifier, being gay was a barrier for these voters, particularly men and younger women.’

During the focus groups, a short biography of the Democrat presidential hopeful mentions that he lives with his husband, Chasten, who he married in June 2018.

The mention of his sexuality caused some of the respondents to ‘question why he had to even bring it up.’

The report from July drew together the answers from 24 90-minute conversations with ‘uncommitted African American likely primary voters’ in Columbia, South Carolina.