Former US Vice President Joe Biden dominated the Democratic primary race in South Carolina with more than half of party votes in the state, giving the candidate a much needed boost heading into Super Tuesday next week where many more states hold their primary elections. Biden, who was the original frontrunner for the nomination, had been consistently losing ground to other candidates, most notably Bernie Sanders. Many experts had projected a strong showing for Biden in South Carolina, which has a large proportion of African American voters, who traditionally have not supported Sanders’ campaign.
The win is the first for Biden in the 2020 primary campaign and coming at a critical time for the former vice president, who had been facing doubts of his ability to win against Bernie Sanders as well as against Donald Trump in the general election. It also comes ahead of Super Tuesday, which will have primary contests in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia all on the same day, and demonstrating strength an momentum going into the contest is important for any candidate seeking the nomination.
Following Biden’s victory, Trump immediately took to Twitter to mock Democratic candidate Michael Bloomberg, indicating that Biden’s victory should cause Bloomberg to drop out of the race. Bloomberg was not on the South Carolina ballot, instead focusing his efforts on Super Tuesday states and continuing a massive advertising spending spree.