A surge of support from black voters propelled Joe Biden to a convincing projected victory in the Democratic primary in South Carolina on Saturday, resurrecting his vacant White House candidacy and giving the former vice president a chance to run for office. moderate alternative to leader Bernie Sanders.
The victory gives Bidena momentum as the Democratic race to find a challenger for Republican President Donald Trump widens rapidly, with Super Tuesday primaries in 14 states in three days which will grant a third of the available national delegates.
With 85% of the ridings declared, Biden had 49% of the votes and the American senator Sanders of Vermont was far behind with 20%, according to official state results. Billionaire activist Tom Steyer had 11% and all the other contenders were far behind with unique figures.
After the vote count, Steyer, who had spent a lot in South Carolina to woo African-American voters, ended his presidential candidacy later on Saturday when it appeared he was in a third third.
The exit polls conducted by Edison Research showed the former vice president 64% of African-American support for 15% of Sanders. He also defeated Sanders, the national leader among a wide range of demographic and ideological groups, including those who identified themselves as “very liberal”.
It was the first primary victory for Biden, who makes his third run at the White House. The margin of command will allow Biden, vice-president of former President Barack Obama, to claim that he is the most eligible moderate alternative to Sanders, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist whose rising campaign has shaken up a worried democratic establishment that ‘he’s too far left to beat Trump. November.
Following his decisive victory, Biden was approved by Terry McAuliffe, former governor of Virginia and former chairman of the National Democratic Committee, and US representative Bobby Scott, an influential African American lawmaker from Virginia – a possible sign that the Democrat the establishment began to merge around its candidacy.
It will also raise questions about the continued viability of most other competitors. Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar were all far behind with single digit support with more than 60% of the ridings reported, with a reduced chance of going up.
Bidenand all of the Democrat contenders will face the Super Tuesday for the first time on Tuesday from former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, who covered the country with half a billion dollars in advertising. Bloomberg skipped the first four state primaries.
Bidendes was in desperate need of a win after poor performances in the first two nomination contests in Iowa and New Hampshire and finishing second in Nevada. He had seen South Carolina, where his popularity among the great block of black voters in the state proved to be decisive, like his firewall against disasters.
“For all those who have been overthrown, counted, left behind – this is your campaign,” said Bidentold, a victory party in Columbia, South Carolina.
The resounding victory could slow the momentum of Sanders, who had strengthened in each competition, finishing in virtual equality for the first place in Iowa with the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Buttigieg, before gaining victories in New Hampshire and Nevada.
“I can’t win everything”
“You can’t win them all,” Sanders told supporters in Virginia Beach, Virginia. “It will not be the only defeat. There are many states in this country and no one wins them all.”
Biden, a traditional Democrat with decades of experience on the American political scene, was fueled in South Carolina by the support of a wide range of voters, including men and women, in black and white, d ‘middle and old, those with and without a university degree, independent, liberal and conservative, exit polls showed.
The data showed Bidenbeating Sanders, who based his argument on his ability to bring out new voters, among those who voted for the first time in a Democratic primary.
Exit polls revealed that about six of 10 South Carolina voters said approval by influential black MP James Clyburn from Bidenon on Wednesday was a factor in their decision. Clyburn presented his victory rally at Bidenat.
“Buddy Jim Clyburn, you brought me back!” Said Democrat # 3 Bidentold before addressing his supporters.
Biden was expected to win at least 27 of the 54 delegates promised in South Carolina and Sanders 7, with more to allocate. No other candidate would have won state delegates. Before primary, Sanders had 54 delegates, Buttigieg 26 and Biden15.
The exit polls showed that about half of voters wanted a candidate who would return to Obama politics, a key argument from Biden. Nearly eight in ten South Carolina voters said they had a favorable opinion of Biden, compared to five in 10 who viewed rival Sanders favorably, according to polls.