Politics: 4 takeaways from the South Carolina primary

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The 2020 South Carolina Democratic presidential primary took place in South Carolina , United States, on February 29, 2020, and was the fourth nominating contest in the Democratic Party primaries for the 2020 presidential election.

While South Carolina is not likely to flip blue, if a candidate does well with African-Americans it is a sign they could do well in swing States with large African-American communities. Obama winning the super-anglo Iowa caucus opened the eyes to black voters and his win in South Carolina Primary made If a candidate, or an issue, can turn this population out to vote it is something that can be beneficial to the party in swing states with this similar makeup like Iowa, New Mexico, Missouri, and Arkansas (and yes, I mean Arkansas, the State was the last southern state to lose its Democratic Majority in the State

Former vice president Joe Biden won the South Carolina primary on Saturday, in the last of four early contests before Super Tuesday this coming week.

Below are some takeaways based on the results we’ve seen so far.

1. Joe Biden has a real shot at this

You could have been forgiven for thinking the former vice president was done and dusted after the New Hampshire primary. He finished fourth in Iowa and fifth in the Granite State, behind former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg in both and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) in the latter. To the extent this race has a lane for a more moderate, “electability” candidate, he wasn’t looking like the one. Then came a distant second in Nevada, and it seemed like South Carolina — his firewall state — might suddenly get away from him, too.

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South Carolina provided Joe Biden with a lifeline he desperately needed, propelled by the power of the black vote, but his victory does not necessarily provide clarity to the race. Both Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar finished well behind Biden, but they are still planning to compete in Super And if they don’t, the larger question for Biden is how he fares against Mike Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York mayor, who has spent more than 0 million and will be on the ballot for the first time Tuesday. Other takeaways from the South Carolina primary

South Carolina is a must-win for the former vice president after disappointing finishes in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada. He came into the debate with a game plan and executed it the best he could. Biden recognized that his two biggest threats to victory in South Carolina are Bernie Sanders and businessman Tom Steyer — and he went right after them. He landed a punch on Steyer on his ownership of a private prison in South Carolina , and Sanders was so muddied, not just by Biden but the rest of the candidates, that it helped Biden. There was an urgency to Biden on Tuesday night

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The opposite happened on Saturday. South Carolina voters responded to Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) third straight popular-vote win in Nevada by rallying to the guy they want to be the Sanders alternative moving forward. And it gave Biden a real shot at being just that.

It wasn’t just the big win; it was also a couple other coinciding dynamics in this race. The first is that Buttigieg and Klobuchar were spectators for the second straight state, with both of those states having been the only really diverse ones in the contest thus far. That’s not a great omen for what lies ahead on Super Tuesday, or for their electability arguments.

The other is that the other potential Sanders alternative in this race — former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg — is increasingly struggling with poor debate performances and a problematic paper trail. We still have to see what his hundreds of millions in spending might draw on Super Tuesday, but the sheen is off, to some degree. And now that Biden has won a state, you have to wonder if that might help him steal some Bloomberg-curious voters who migrated to the former New York mayor when Biden was struggling.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - South Carolina provided Joe Biden with a lifeline he desperately needed, propelled by the power of the black vote, but his victory does not necessarily provide clarity to the race. Both Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and Sen. And if they don't, the larger question for Biden is how he fares against Mike Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York mayor, who has spent more than 0 million and will be on the ballot for the first time Tuesday. Other takeaways from the South Carolina primary

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This comes with a caveat: Biden’s win was hardly surprising in the broader context of the race. He dipped a little in the polls after Nevada and looked to be in some trouble, but otherwise his win was in line with his big margins in the state throughout the race. Still, he has to be happy that he was able to make it happen despite his atrocious start this month, and he has to be even happier because of what has happened with some other candidates in the race.

FiveThirtyEight’s delegate forecast now has Biden as the only non-Sanders candidate with more than a 1 percent shot at winning a delegate majority. That seems about right.

2. The delegate race begins in earnest

Had Sanders somehow won South Carolina, it would be difficult to argue that he hadn’t all but sewn up the nomination. And had the result been a little less resounding for Biden, the non-Sanders lane would have remained more muddled, and perhaps Sanders would have had a shot at running away with this on Super Tuesday.

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  Takeaways from the South Carolina primary: Joementum South Carolina provided Joe Biden with a lifeline he desperately needed, propelled by the power of the black vote, but his victory does not necessarily provide clarity to the race. WASHINGTON — South Carolina provided Joe Biden with a lifeline he desperately needed, propelled by the power of the black vote, but his victory does not necessarily provide clarity to the race.

WASHINGTON (AP) — South Carolina provided Joe Biden with a lifeline he desperately needed, propelled by the power of the black vote, but his victory does not necessarily provide clarity to the race. Both Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and Sen. And if they don’t, the larger question for Biden is how he fares against Mike Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York mayor, who has spent more than 0 million and will be on the ballot for the first time Tuesday. Other takeaways from the South Carolina primary

The result Saturday, though, suggests we now officially have a delegate race on our hands. Winning the early states matters for momentum and fundraising; starting Tuesday, it will be much more about accumulating delegates.

And Biden’s big win Saturday means that delegate race will actually be very close coming out of the first four states, despite Sanders having done much better in the first three (smaller) states. Winning states now will help, but clearing the 15 percent thresholds for delegates will also be hugely important. And competing in every kind of state will also matter. Sanders’s opponents are struggling to hit 15 percent in the all-important California primary, for instance, and falling short of that percentage could lead to big shifts.

Also keep in mind: Between Tuesday and March 17 two weeks later, more than half of the delegates in this race will be handed out. That means the delegate race will come into focus in a hurry.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks Friday at a campaign event in Spartanburg, S.C. The former vice president staked his campaign on a Palmetto State win going into Super Tuesday. © Luke Sharrett/for The Washington Post Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks Friday at a campaign event in Spartanburg, S.C. The former vice president staked his campaign on a Palmetto State win going into Super Tuesday.

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3. The dropout question

The big question now is who drops out moving forward. Super Tuesday is literally this Tuesday, and among Sanders’s opponents there is an increasing premium on consolidating the non-Sanders vote (though it may not be quite as simple as shrinking the field).

We got our first answer to that Saturday night, with billionaire Tom Steyer dropping out after having his best finish to date in South Carolina but failing to demonstrate momentum in a state in which he had invested heavily.

Klobuchar seems likely to come under pressure for a few reasons. First, she finished a surprisingly strong third in New Hampshire, but otherwise she has been a nonentity. She was fifth in Iowa and sixth in Nevada and now is very far off the pace in South Carolina. Second, she’s the most ideologically similar to Biden, meaning her exit would most apparently accrue to his benefit. And lastly, Buttigieg has a better argument for staying in the race, given he notched a delegate win in Iowa and polls much better than her nationally.

At the same time, given she is far back in the polls, it’s not clear how much Biden might gain by her dropping out. And Biden’s campaign is reportedly encouraging her to stay in, perhaps in hopes that she prevents Sanders from a significant delegate win in her home state of Minnesota on Tuesday. Buttigieg’s support spans both wings of the party, so it wouldn’t so obviously help Biden if he dropped out.

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As for Sanders, his supporters will want Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to drop out, and she like Klobuchar is at risk of losing her home state to Sanders on Tuesday. But she has more of a pulse in this race right now, and just Saturday she got the endorsement of the head of the American Federation of Teachers.

4. The Clyburn bump?

The big early exit poll finding on Saturday night was that nearly half of South Carolina voters said that House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn’s (D-S.C.) endorsement of Biden this week was important to their vote.

“My buddy Jim Clyburn, you brought me back,” Biden said when he addressed supporters Saturday.

That might have had as much to do with Biden’s large margin as anything — after all, why wouldn’t his voters approvingly nod to Clyburn’s endorsement? — but generally people don’t admit endorsements actually have an impact on their votes. And Biden’s ultimate margin looks like it might be even bigger than the late polling in the race suggested. There were a fairly large number of moderate black voters who were undecided heading into primary day this week; it seems possible Clyburn helped nudge them to Biden.

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