Former Vice President Joe Biden has won South Carolinas Democratic primary.
It was his first victory in three tries at the Democratic nomination, and it came during the fourth Democratic primary contest of the 2020 election season.
Biden tweeted Saturday night shortly after the polls closed: “Thank you, South Carolina!” He says, “To all those who have been knocked down, counted out, and left behind—this is your campaign.”
Bidens South Carolina watch party erupted when The Associated Press and television networks called the states primary for him.
The Columbia scene, with more than a thousand supporters filling the University of South Carolinas volleyball gymnasium, was quite different compared to that in Iowa and New Hampshire just weeks ago.
Bidens Iowa crowd was late arriving and obviously relieved when a meltdown of the caucus count spared Biden having to acknowledge his fourth-place finish. In New Hampshire, Biden wasnt even there for his fifth-place finish, having bailed on the state to speak in South Carolina.
Biden finished his tweet by saying, “Together, we will win this nomination and beat Donald Trump.”
Biden is behind front-runner Bernie Sanders as both work to build momentum heading into Super Tuesday, when 14 states and American Samoa weigh in on the race.
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