SC Primary: Biden Wins, Steyer Drops Out

  • Biden's victory came at a crucial time for his candidacy for the White House, and helped him minimize the poor results in the first three contests.
  • Sanders claimed second place, and congratulated Biden on his first win.
  • Billionaire Tom Steyer, who finished a distant third, dropped out of the race Saturday night.

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden won the the Democratic primary in South Carolina on Saturday, halting Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) winning streak. The contest was also marked by the withdrawal of billionaire Tom Steyer from the Democratic presidential race. Biden managed to win about 60% of the African-American vote in the contest, and more than half of moderates, according to research by the Edison Research Institute.

The 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries and caucuses will be a series of electoral contests organized by the Democratic Party to select the approximately 3,979 pledged delegates to the Democratic National Convention. Those delegates shall, by pledged votes, elect the Democratic nominee for president of the United States in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

The final count showed that Biden won 39 of South Carolina’s 54 delegates, and 48.4% of the vote. Sanders, in turn, came in a distant second, with 15 delegates and 19.9% of the vote. Biden’s victory came at a crucial time for his candidacy for the White House, and helped him minimize the poor results in the Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada primaries and caucuses. The result also help boost his candidacy shortly before Super Tuesday, when fourteen states hold their primaries and caucuses at once.

Of the previous three primaries and caucuses, Sanders narrowly lost the delegate count in Iowa, tied in New Hampshire, and won Nevada handily, becoming the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. “We are very much alive,” Biden declared at an exuberant post-election rally. “For all of you who have been knocked down, counted out, left behind— this is your campaign.”

Sanders claimed second place, and congratulated Biden on his first win, stressing that Saturday’s result was not a cause for concern for his supporters. He noted that he still won the popular vote in each of the first three states. “But you can’t win ‘em all,” Sanders said. “A lot of states out there, and tonight we did not win in South Carolina.” Sanders held a rally in Virginia Saturday night, one of the fourteen states that vote on Tuesday.

Billionaire Tom Steyer, after spending millions on television ads in South Carolina— more than all his rivals combined— finished with just 11.3% of the vote and, in no delegates. He announced his withdrawal from the White House race Saturday night.

Tom Steyer is an American hedge fund manager, philanthropist, environmentalist, liberal activist, and fundraiser. Steyer unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, but dropped out of the race after the first four state contests, having spent more than $191 million on campaign adverting but failing to obtain any pledged delegates.

South Carolina’s primary was the first major test of Democratic candidates with black voters. And while the state gave Biden a victory when he needed it most, Barack Obama’s former Vice President has yet to prove that he has the financial and logistical resources to dramatically expand his campaign in the next 72 hours.

Even before Biden’s victory was declared, rival candidate Mike Bloomberg, the billionaire and former Mayor of New York, announced the purchase of three minutes of primetime network television airtime Sunday night. The speech will reportedly address the coronavirus crisis. Bloomberg did not indicate how much the advertising cost.

Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) had already promised to continue in the race, regardless of Saturday’s results. They finished fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively.

Bloomberg hasn’t participated in any of the Democratic Party’s primary or caucus races so far, and is looking forward to getting in the race on Super Tuesday, March 3.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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