• Thomas Parker

Joe Biden wins South Carolina primary

Updated: Mar 9, 2020

The fourth primary and the last contest before Super Tuesday was over before it began, with Joe Biden taking a commanding victory in South Carolina.

Former Vice President Joe Biden won nearly 50% of the vote in a landslide victory in South Carolina. Senator Bernie Sanders claimed second place with about 20%, and Tom Steyer placed third with 11%.

Steyer, an activist billionaire, ended his campaign for president after the results came in. He had spent a significant amount of time and resources trying to win South Carolina, and the 11% he received was not enough to to win delegates.

Biden's victory in South Carolina provides his campaign with a much-needed reset while halting Bernie Sanders' momentum going into the important Super Tuesday contests. The result also confirmed what pollsters expected: that Sanders isn't nearly as popular in the southern United States, where Biden and Mike Bloomberg both hope to pick up a significant portion of their delegates.

Until Saturday, Biden had run for president three times and failed to win a single primary or caucus. His win in South Carolina may create a three-way race for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, depending on how successful Bloomberg's strategy of skipping the first four states and trying to win on Super Tuesday is.

Minutes after Biden was projected as the winner, he received an endorsement from Terry McAuliffe on CNN, the former governor of Virginia and former chair of the Democratic National Committee. McAuliffe cited "electability" as the reason he was giving his endorsement to Biden.

"I think Joe Biden has the best chance of winning Virginia in the general election," McAuliffe said.

Biden, who is now second in the total delegate count, jabbed at Sanders' independent status without mentioning him by name in his victory speech. "If the Democrats want a nominee who's a Democrat, a lifelong Democrat, a proud Democrat, an Obama-Biden Democrat, join us," he said.

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