- Earlier this week, Biden won the coveted endorsement of Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), the House Majority Whip.
- Last week, Biden finished second in Nevada, but still a long way from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
- Besides Sanders and Biden, six other candidates are still running for the Democratic nomination.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is optimistic of winning the South Carolina primary today, and hopes it will put him back on track to the Democratic presidential nomination. He currently trails Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), but hopes to overtake him, eventually. The polls close in South Carolina at 7 PM Eastern.
The race is aimed at choosing a Democratic candidate to face the incumbent, President Donald Trump, in the November presidential election. The momentum is accelerating with the approach of Super Tuesday, when 14 states will vote at once. “I’m confident,” said Biden, 77. Polls give him a big advantage in this state where African-Americans— among whom he remains very popular— make up more than half the Democratic electorate.
“If you send me out of South Carolina with a victory, there will be no stopping us,” Biden declared earlier this week, after getting the coveted endorsement of Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), the House Majority Whip, the highest-ranking African-American on Capitol Hill, and most-influential Democrat in South Carolina. “We will win the nomination,” Biden continued. “We will win the presidency. And most importantly, we will end the fear that so many people in this country have of a second term for Donald Trump.”
On Saturday, Biden insisted he didn’t have to win by any particular margin, but he still embraced the obvious. “The bigger you win anywhere, the better bump you get.” While visiting a precinct in Greenville, he predicted a long primary regardless. “I don’t think it’ll even be over after Super Tuesday. I think it’s going to go on to states that are ones that I feel very good about.”
Biden, Barack Obama’s former Vice President and right-hand man, needs a clear victory, having only finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in Iowa and New Hampshire. In Nevada, he finished second, but remains a long way from Sanders, who has since clearly replaced him as a Democratic primary favorite. Sanders, a self-proclaimed socialist, campaigns with a far-left program for the United States and dismisses President Trump as “racist”, “sexist” and “xenophobic.”
Besides Sanders and Biden, six other candidates are still running for the Democratic nomination, several of whom will bet on their future in the coming days. In South Carolina, billionaire Tom Steyer, 62, appears in third place in the polls, thanks to an intense campaign, which has already cost him more than $20 million. The pressure will most likely be great this Saturday on progressive Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), 70, who was once a favorite but did not stand out in the previous nomination exercises.
After good results in Iowa and New Hampshire, but with a disappointing score in Nevada, former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg, 38, is also looking forward to the South Carolina competition. He must absolutely demonstrate that he can do better among minorities because that constituency is crucial for any Democrat who wants to win the White House.
Billionaire and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, 78, isn’t participating in the South Carolina race, awaiting Super Tuesday to enter the race. In a move that appeared as one aimed at teasing the Democrats, Donald Trump, on Friday night, organized a rally in South Carolina just a few hours to the Democrats nomination exercise in the state.