54 pledged delegates at stake in South Carolina Democratic primary

Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing
February 28, 2020: The South Carolina Democratic primary takes place on Saturday. The pro-Elizabeth Warren Persist PAC is spending an additional $9 million in Super Tuesday states.        

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Daily Presidential News Briefing, Staffer Spotlight - Carlos Sanchez

Carlos Sanchez is a Democratic staffer with Capitol Hill experience. He also worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Sanchez graduated from Texas A&M International University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and government in 2002.

Previous campaign work:

  • 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, deputy national political director

Other experience:

  • 2019: Office of Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, senior advisor
  • 2017-2018: House Democratic Caucus, executive director
  • 2013-2017: Office of Rep. Joaquin Castro, chief of staff
  • 2007-2012: Office of Rep. Nancy Pelosi
    • 2011-2012: Deputy press secretary and advisor
    • 2007-2011: Press advisor
  • 2006-2007: Congressional Hispanic Caucus, communications director


Notable Quote of the Day

“This year’s Democratic primary in South Carolina might be the most important competition in the contest’s short history. Since first becoming a binding primary in 1988, the state’s contest has become a bellwether for an important constituency: Southern African American voters. Though most Southern states aren’t competitive in general elections, Southern African Americans form the base of the Democratic Party and are essential to its success, even if pundits more frequently focus on swing states and suburban voters.

That is why the winner in South Carolina has won the Democratic nomination every year except 1988 and 2004. If a Democratic candidate can’t appeal to these crucial African American voters, he or she is unlikely to win the nomination or the presidency.”

– Robert Greene II, assistant professor of history at Claflin University


  • Spending in the presidential election has exceeded $1 billion, including $247 million spent on Super Tuesday states.
  • On Thursday night, the Iowa Democratic Party announced the results of the partial recount requested by Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders. Buttigieg led Sanders by .04% in state delegate equivalents and is projected to receive 14 pledged delegates to the national convention. Sanders is projected to receive 12, Warren 8, Biden 6, and Klobuchar 1. The Associated Press said it would not call a winner in the race because of concerns with the accuracy of the results.
  • The South Carolina Democratic primary takes place on Saturday. It is the final primary event before Super Tuesday on March 3. Fifty-four pledged delegates are at stake. Absentee voting in South Carolina surpassed 2016 levels two days before the primary with 50 percent more ballots cast, according to The Post and Courier.
  • Joe Biden is campaigning in North Carolina, Alabama, and Virginia over the weekend. He will make his first appearance on Fox News this election cycle on Sunday.
  • The Michael Bloomberg campaign released a medical report on Bloomberg’s cardiac health on Thursday. Bloomberg is holding a GOTV campaign rally in Texas on Sunday.
  • Buttigieg is campaigning in Texas on Sunday. VoteVets made a seven-figure ad buy to support Buttigieg in Super Tuesday states.
  • Tulsi Gabbard is holding a town hall in South Carolina on Friday and will campaign in California over the weekend.
  • Amy Klobuchar is campaigning in Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina on Saturday. She made a $4.2 million ad buy across the Super Tuesday states.
  • Sanders is holding rallies in Massachusetts on Friday and California on Sunday. He has spent roughly $16 million on ads in Super Tuesday states.
  • Tom Steyer is campaigning in South Carolina and California over the weekend.
  • Elizabeth Warren will campaign in Arkansas and Texas on Saturday. Persist PAC is spending an additional $9 million to support Warren in Super Tuesday states, bringing its total support this election to $14 million.


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Flashback: February 28, 2016

Tulsi Gabbard resigned from her position as the vice chair of the Democratic National Committee and endorsed Bernie Sanders.

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