Joe Biden, the President of the United States, won the Democratic primaries in South Carolina, the state that kicks off the party’s electoral process. This is a big win for Biden, as it gives him momentum and puts him on the path to winning the presidency again. Biden was practically assured victory as he did not face significant rivals in the primaries. Along with him on the ballot were the names of Dean Phillips, a congressman from Minnesota, and Marianne Williamson, an author of self-help books who already ran unsuccessfully in the 2020 primary.
The Associated Press declared Biden the winner at 7:23 p.m. based on an analysis of the initial voting results that show him with a decisive lead in key places across the state. The best way to gauge enthusiasm for Biden will be through turnout results, which will be made public at the end of the count.
South Carolina is the first in the primary Democrats. His victory comes after he led a Democratic National Committee effort to move South Carolina into first place in the party’s primary, citing the state’s more racially diverse population compared to the traditional states of Iowa and New Hampshire, which are the first in the nation to be overwhelmingly white. South Carolina is reliably Republican, but 26% of its residents are black. In the 2020 general election, Black voters made up 11% of the national electorate, and 9 in 10 of them supported Biden, according to AP VoteCast, a broad survey of voters in that election.
Biden is not in South Carolina to celebrate the victory. However, in the last month, he has visited three churches in the black community in the state, and his campaign has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on radio and television ads to reach African-American voters. The importance of South Carolina lies in the fact that it officially opens the Democratic race for the November elections, being the first time that Biden faces the polls in person since his victory over former President Donald Trump in the elections 2020.
Despite its symbolic power, South Carolina will only allocate 55 delegates of the almost 2,000 that Biden needs to officially proclaim himself as the Democratic candidate for the November elections, where he could once again face Trump, favorite to be the Republican candidate. The Republican primary, where Trump will compete against former US ambassador to the UN and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, is scheduled for February 24.
Despite the Democratic Party’s investment in South Carolina, This state is not in play in the November elections, as it is considered a conservative stronghold that has not voted for the Democratic presidential candidate since 1976, with Jimmy Carter.
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