Joe Biden, the President of the United States, secured a significant victory in the Democratic primaries in South Carolina, marking the beginning of the process to officially nominate him as the party’s candidate in the November elections. According to projections from various media outlets, Biden received over 90% of the votes, far surpassing his only two rivals on the ballot, Congressman Dean Phillips and writer Marianne Williamson.
Biden expressed his gratitude to the people of South Carolina, stating that their support has put him on the path to winning the Presidency once again and making former President Donald Trump a “loser” again. The American media announced their projections about 25 minutes after the closing of the voting centers, affirming Biden’s wide lead over his opponents.
While Biden’s victory is assured, his real challenge lies in demonstrating his ability to mobilize the party’s base, particularly the African-American community, which represents 60% of the Democratic electorate in South Carolina. The participation results will be crucial in evaluating enthusiasm for Biden.
Despite not being in South Carolina to celebrate the victory, Biden has actively engaged with the African-American community in the state, visiting three churches and investing in radio and television ads to reach these voters. South Carolina holds symbolic importance as it officially inaugurates the Democratic race ahead of the November elections.
However, the state only allocates 55 delegates out of the almost 2,000 needed for Biden to officially proclaim himself as the Democratic candidate for the November elections, where he could potentially face Trump, the favorite to be the Republican candidate. The Republican primaries, where Trump will compete against former US ambassador to the UN and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, are scheduled for February 24.
Despite the Democratic Party’s investment in South Carolina, the state is not considered a battleground in the November elections, as it has not voted for the Democratic presidential candidate since 1976.
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