President Biden Triumphs in South Carolina Primary, Marking a Milestone in His Re-Election Bid
President Joe Biden clinched victory in the South Carolina primary on Saturday, a significant win that mirrors the success that revitalized his 2020 campaign. The Associated Press officially declared Biden the winner at 7:23 p.m. after analyzing initial vote results, revealing a decisive lead in key locations across the state.
Biden’s dominance in the 2024 primary far exceeds his 49 percent in the 2020 primary, where he faced formidable opponents like Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, and Tom Steyer. South Carolina marked Biden’s first victory in 2020 after challenging performances in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada.
In the current primary, Biden is on track to replicate his 2020 success, carrying all 46 counties in the state. This accomplishment comes amid a less competitive field, with his only challengers, U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips and Marianne Williamson, trailing significantly.
Having won the New Hampshire primary as a write-in candidate last month, Biden continues to solidify his standing in the 2024 Democratic primaries. The Democratic National Committee’s strategic scheduling, moving South Carolina to the first-in-the-nation spot, aligns with Biden’s influence and ensures a pivotal role for the state.
South Carolina’s diverse demographic landscape, with over a quarter of its population being Black, underscores the crucial role Black voters play in the Democratic primaries. In 2020, Black voters constituted half of the Democratic electorate in the state, emphasizing the significance of their influence.
President Biden’s triumph in the South Carolina primary not only marks a milestone in his re-election bid but also reaffirms his resonance with voters, particularly in pivotal states that play a crucial role in shaping the Democratic nomination landscape.