Joe Biden's win was helped by an endorsement from influential congressman U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, whom Biden repeatedly credited in his speech.

Joe Biden has run for president 3 times, and but till Saturday, he had did not ever win a main or caucus.

The 77-year-old former vice chairman has now notched an anticipated but much-needed victory within the South Carolina main, in line with The Associated Press’s projection.

“Just days ago, the press and the pundits had declared his candidacy dead. Now, thanks to all of you — the heart of the Democratic Party — we just won and we’ve won big because of you, and we are very much alive,” an energized Biden stated at occasion with supporters in Columbia, S.C.

The essential win has the potential to resurrect Biden’s marketing campaign after a sequence of poor finishes within the different early voting states (fourth place in Iowa, fifth place in New Hampshire and a distant second in Nevada).

Candidate Percent Votes
Joe Biden 48.6% 227641
Bernie Sanders 20.0% 93,637
Tom Steyer 11.4% 53,341
Pete Buttigieg 8.1% 37,876
Elizabeth Warren 7.0% 32,902
Amy Klobuchar 3.1% 14,626

“This result totally resets the race. The fact that Joe Biden won big — and the result was clear early in the evening during prime time in the eastern time zone — provides an enormous boost to his campaign. If Joe Biden can ultimately defeat Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination, we will look back on this night as a key moment in American political history,” Republican strategist Whit Ayres advised NPR.

A majority of Democratic main voters in South Carolina are African American. And pointing to polls, Biden has lengthy insisted that he has extra assist from black voters than another presidential candidate does and that the Democratic nominee will want sturdy backing from African American voters to win the final election.

Biden’s win was not a shock. For months, polls had proven him with a double-digit lead over his opponents, however in latest weeks, the race tightened. In an indication of how weak he was, Biden campaigned completely in South Carolina this week, at the same time as a variety of his opponents traveled to states that may vote in coming days.

Biden additionally obtained a last-minute public endorsement from probably the most influential black Democrat in South Carolina politics, U.S. Rep. James Clyburn.

“I’ve known for a long time who I was going to vote for,” Clyburn stated at a press convention on Wednesday. “I’m voting for Biden. South Carolinians should be voting for Joe Biden.”

Biden made some extent to credit score the congressman with injecting his marketing campaign with an enormous jolt at his post-vote occasion: “My buddy Jim Clyburn — you brought me back!”

Still, Biden’s victory doesn’t put to relaxation some underlying questions in regards to the well being of his marketing campaign and his skill to translate this victory to different states.

Hours earlier than Biden’s victory was official, Clyburn was already calling for a “retooling” of his marketing campaign.

In an interview on CNN on Saturday, he stated he had earlier averted publicly analyzing the operation as a result of he had held off formally backing Biden. That’s modified. “I’m all-in and I’m not going to sit back idly and watch people mishandle this campaign,” Clyburn stated.

Biden has tried to attract parallels between his marketing campaign and that of Bill Clinton, who received a key win within the South Carolina Democratic nominating contest in 1992, en path to the presidency.

But as this 12 months’s main season shortly turns right into a nationwide combat, with 14 states voting on Tuesday, there are questions on whether or not Biden has the grassroots power or the cash to compete with the likes of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders or former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

Sanders is seen because the front-runner, and he has spent much more power and assets within the states voting on Super Tuesday.

Bloomberg is spending lots of of hundreds of thousands of {dollars} on promoting, whereas competing for a similar average voters that could be drawn to Biden’s message on gun management and well being care.

Minutes after tv networks projected Biden because the winner, Terry McAuliffe, the previous chair of the Democratic National Committee and former governor of Virginia, endorsed Biden on CNN. McAuliffe stated it got here all the way down to “an electability issue” for him.

“I think Joe Biden has the best chance of winning Virginia in the general election,” McAuliffe stated.

Sanders, talking at a rally in Virginia Beach, Va., congratulated Biden.

“I am very proud that in this campaign so far we have won the popular vote in Iowa, we have won the New Hampshire primary, we have won the Nevada caucus — but you cannot win them all,” Sanders stated.

Sanders stated there shall be different contests he would not win within the subsequent spherical of primaries. But he reiterated his argument that the identical playbook from the Democratic institution will not work in November.

“The ‘same old, same old’ type of politics – that is not going to be the campaign that defeats Trump,” Sanders stated.

Biden did not point out Sanders straight Saturday night time, however he took a swipe at his standing as an unbiased.

“If the Democrats want a nominee who’s a Democrat — a lifelong Democrat, a proud Democrat, an Obama-Biden Democrat — join us,” he stated to voters within the upcoming primaries.

Pete Buttigieg, former Mayor of South Bend, Ind., who was slated to complete fourth in South Carolina, campaigned in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, one of many states holding a main on Tuesday.

He congratulated Biden on his victory, however seemed forward, saying, “I am proud of the votes we’ve earned and I’m determined to earn every vote on the road ahead.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, one other candidate who fared poorly in South Carolina, was courting voters in a state with a big prize of delegates on Super Tuesday — Texas.

At her Houston rally she argued she was a greater candidate than Sanders, who she stated had some good coverage concepts, however cannot get issues achieved.

She additionally took goal at Biden, saying in regards to the political second: “This crisis demands more than a former vice president” who’s “eager to cut deals” with Republicans.

McAuliffe urged a number of Democrats within the race to think about dropping out earlier than Super Tuesday. Tom Steyer, the billionaire entrepreneur who spent over $23 million on promoting in South Carolina, ended his bid after ending third there.

“I said if I didn’t see a path to winning, that I’d suspend my campaign,” Steyer advised supporters, “and honestly, I can’t see a path where I can win the presidency.”

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar was trailing in sixth place on Saturday night time.

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