//Biden fights for survival in South Carolina major, Sanders seems to be to increase successful streak

Biden fights for survival in South Carolina major, Sanders seems to be to increase successful streak

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A assured Joe Biden says he is “very optimistic” about his probabilities to win the Democratic nomination.

The previous vp informed reporters on Saturday morning that he is “optimistic not nearly right now” however about “the entire course of from right here on out.”

Biden spoke to reporters quickly after voting obtained underway in South Carolina, the first Southern state to weigh in on the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

For the one-time unequalled front-runner within the Democratic nomination race, a victory is crucial as the way forward for his White Home bid is on the road.

And Biden predicted that “the larger the win” in South Carolina, “the larger the bump” he’ll get going into the 14 Tremendous Tuesday states that maintain contests in three days.

Biden predicted {that a} robust win in South Carolina will “put me able to do nicely in North Carolina and Alabama and different states that I believe within the Democratic major I can do very nicely.”

“I do not suppose it’s going to even be over after Tremendous Tuesday. I thnk it is so it might go on to states which might be ones I really feel excellent about,” he emphasised.

Whereas Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont doesn’t should win in South Carolina, he’d prefer to make it three wins in a row – after narrowly successful in New Hampshire and routing his rivals in final weekend’s Nevada caucuses. And a powerful efficiency amongst black voters on Saturday may additional cement his standing because the undisputed front-runner for the get together’s nomination — and the suitable to face President Trump in November.


On the eve of the first, Biden spoke to supporters at a rally in Spartanburg.

“This state lifted Barack Obama to the presidency,” Biden said. “And now once again this state holds in its hands, literally, especially the state’s African American community, the power to determine… who the next nominee of the Democratic Party’s going to be”

“You maintain in your hand the way forward for the Democratic Social gathering.”

For a second straight night time Biden drew a crowd of roughly 750 individuals – massive by Biden requirements.

Biden is banking on a win in South Carolina to re-energize his flagging marketing campaign. However a loss would seemingly convey an finish to his third bid for the White Home.


Biden’s lengthy appeared to the Palmetto State – the place black voters make up roughly 60 % of the Democratic presidential major citizens – as his firewall.

Because of his eight years as vp underneath President Barack Obama, Biden stays highly regarded with African-American voters. And after disappointing fourth- and fifth-place finishes within the predominantly white states of Iowa and New Hampshire, in addition to a distant second place end to Sanders in Nevada – South Carolina is much more important to Biden.

A Actual Clear Politics common of the seven polls performed this week reveals Biden with a small double-digit lead over Sanders amongst seemingly Democratic presidential major voters in South Carolina.

Former Vice President Joe Biden takes selfies with voters at a town hall in Conway, S.C., on Feb. 27, 2020. (Fox News)

Former Vice President Joe Biden takes selfies with voters at a city corridor in Conway, S.C., on Feb. 27, 2020. (Fox Information)

Biden has loved an excellent week.

Because of a muscular efficiency in Tuesday’s prime time Democratic nomination debate in Charleston, the marketing campaign touted that it hauled in $1.2 million from almost 30,000 donors on Wednesday – a powerful determine for a candidate who has struggled all cycle with fundraising.

On Saturday, Biden informed reporters “we have been elevating about one million {dollars} a day for the final week or so…I believe what what is going to occur in we win solidly right here? I believe it is going to elevate us some huge cash. Lots of enthusiasm.”

Biden this week additionally landed the endorsement from longtime Rep. James Clyburn – the dean of Palmetto State Democrats. The backing by Clyburn, probably the most senior black politician within the state, was seen as a lift for Biden.

Biden’s staff is hoping a convincing victory in South Carolina will generate loads of nationwide media consideration – to propel him into subsequent week’s Tremendous Tuesday primaries – the place some large states like California and Texas maintain contests and a 3rd of all Democratic presidential nomination delegates are up for grabs.

He’ll want it – as a result of as he’s concentrated all his power on South Carolina the previous week – Biden has badly trailed almost all his rivals in terms of investing money and time on the Tremendous Tuesday states.

However even earlier than the outcomes are available, Biden believes he’s already a winner within the Palmetto State.  He informed reporters Friday that he’s already gotten sufficient of enhance from his time there that can carry over into Tuesday’s coast-to-coast contests.


Sanders resonates

Loads much less is on the road for Sanders, who claimed a uncooked vote win in Iowa’s caucuses, received an outright in New Hampshire’s major, and pummeled his rivals in Nevada.

However after performing extraordinarily nicely with Spanish-speaking and black voters final weekend in Nevada, a strong displaying with African-People in South Carolina will additional enhance Sanders heading into Tremendous Tuesday, the place there’s a big non-white Democratic presidential major citizens within the 4 largest states to carry contests – California, Texas, North Carolina and Virginia.

Sanders, who’s making his second straight White Home run – obtained his clock cleaned by eventual nominee Hillary Clinton within the 2016 South Carolina major. Because of her dominance with black voters, Clinton topped Sanders by a virtually 3-to-1 margin.

However quick ahead 4 years and Sanders is resonating with African-People.

South Carolina Democratic Social gathering Chairman Trav Robertson offers Sanders credit score for turning issues round.

“I think one of the most fascinating things is that Bernie Sanders appears to have learned from his loss from 2016 in South Carolina,” Robertson informed reporters Thursday.

Robertson spotlighted that prime Sanders surrogates in South Carolina “have done a very good job of trying to make sure that Senator Sanders did not forsake smaller venues with small numbers of people of color for, let’s say, three or four thousand people.”

Sanders  touted his electability in his final rally in South Carolina forward of Saturday’s major, at a park in downtown Columbia on Friday afternoon.

“Check out the final 60 nationwide polls which have been executed,” Sanders informed the group. “Bernie beats Trump 56 out of the 60 occasions. Check out among the polls within the battleground states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan — Bernie beats Trump.”

Electability had lengthy been one in every of Biden’s main promoting factors – that he was the strongest Democratic candidate able to taking up Trump in November. However because of his major calendar successful streak, Sanders has seen his nationwide ballot numbers soar in latest weeks. Now extra Democrats are beginning to see the impartial senator because the strongest contender to defeat Trump.

Steyer optimistic

After poor showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, Tom Steyer hoped for a powerful end in Nevada.

The billionaire hedge fund manager-turned-environmental and progressive advocate spent some huge cash and time within the Silver State, however didn’t get his bang for his buck as he completed within the low single digits in final weekend’s caucuses.

However Steyer – who has been closely courting black voters – is optimistic issues shall be totally different in South Carolina.

The most recent polls place him in third place – behind Biden and Sanders.

Steyer informed Fox Information on Friday how he seen his probabilities.

“We have now an excellent staff right here. I’ve spent loads of time on the bottom and I’m speaking straightforwardly about points,” he mentioned. “This can be a closely African-American state. I discuss very straightforwardly about race. I’m the one particular person speaking about reparations for slavery. I believe I’ve been right here probably the most and appeared most individuals within the eye and talked most straightforwardly and I believe that’s why.”

Requested how a strong end in South Carolina would assist him within the Tremendous Tuesday states, Steyer mentioned, “I think that’s a springboard for people to think that I can pull this party together, which is what I want.”

Robertson, the state get together chief, gave Steyer credit score.

“It seems he resonates very nicely. He’s very personable,” Robertson mentioned. “I’m not going to be shocked if Steyer wins a delegate or two.”

And he predicted that if Steyer does nicely, it could take a chunk out of Biden’s assist amongst older black voters.

Steyer confirmed off his strikes Friday night time — dancing onstage to a stay efficiency of “Again That Azz Up” by rapper Juvenile at his primary-eve rally.

The occasion was held at Columbia’s Allen College, a historially black faculty.

Steyer and Biden are the one two Democratic candidates who shall be in South Carolina when the polls shut Saturday night time.

Problem for Buttigieg

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s struggles to resonate with black voters have been well-documented by political reporters.

Whereas his marketing campaign is maintaining expectations low in South Carolina – a senior marketing campaign aide who requested to stay nameless, to talk extra freely, informed Fox Information they’re in search of a fourth- or fifth-place end – it additionally hopes to reveal that Buttigieg can court docket black voters.

Buttigieg was launched at a primary-eve city corridor in Columbia by Miss Black America Ryann Richardson, who has endorsed the 38-year-old Afghanistan Warfare veteran. Buttigieg informed the predominantly white crowd of greater than 1,000 folks that South Carolinians had been “in the heart of the most important thing happening in democracy right now” and he requested for his or her assist to make historical past and alter the course of the nation.

“Earlier than it’s too late,” he added.

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg shakes hands with supporters at a town hall in Columbia, S.C. on the eve of the South Carolina primary, on Feb. 22, 2020. (Fox News)

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg shakes palms with supporters at a city corridor in Columbia, S.C. on the eve of the South Carolina major, on Feb. 22, 2020. (Fox Information)

An brisk Elizabeth Warren introduced herself to the group at a canvass kickoff in Greenville on Friday as “the woman who’s going to beat Donald Trump.”

However the most effective end the senator from Massachusetts has seen thus far on the first calendar was a bronze medal in Iowa – and it doesn’t seem that she’ll match that in South Carolina. However Warren will get some credit score for returning to the Palmetto State on Friday to marketing campaign after spending Thursday in Texas, the second-largest of the Tremendous Tuesday states.

On Saturday morning, after holding her final marketing campaign occasion within the Palmetto State, Warren dismissed questions from reporters on the necessity for a major victory, saying “I do not do polls and I do not do predictions.

And he or she evaded a query from Fox Information on whehter she has any ideas going ahead of an alliance with Sanders. Warren as a substitute spotlighted her longtime friendship together with her fellow progressive champion within the Senate.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota – whose South Carolina expectations are minimal – moved on to stump in Tremendous Tuesday states following Tuesday night time’s debate.

Mike Bloomberg additionally departed South Carolina after this week’s debate – however Bloomberg is just not on the poll within the Palmetto State – as he skipped all 4 early-voting states to pay attention his time, power and huge sources on the delegate-rich Tremendous Tuesday states.

With coast-to-coast voting in these 14 states coming simply three days after the first-in-the-South major, South Carolina’s outcomes may have a direct influence on Democratic race.

Fox Information’ Mitti Hicks, Madeleine Rivera, Andrew Craft, Andres del Aguila and Tara Prindiville contributed to this report.