Biden wins all 46 counties in South Carolina Democratic primary

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March 2, 2020: Joe Biden won the South Carolina Democratic primary on Saturday. Pete Buttigieg and Tom Steyer withdrew from the presidential race over the weekend. blank    blankblank   

Which winning presidential candidate received the smallest share of the popular vote?

Notable Quotes of the Day

“The latest Morning Consult polling, conducted Feb. 23-27 among 13,428 Democratic primary voters, found Buttigieg’s supporters almost equally inclined to back Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), former Vice President Joe Biden and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Twenty-one percent of Buttigieg’s first-choice backers said their second choice was Sanders, while 19 percent said Biden and Warren and 17 percent said Bloomberg. Dividing his support, that would amount to a 2-percentage-point boost for all four candidates in the national polling, which has a 1-point margin of error.”

– Eli YokleyMorning Consult

“Pete Buttigieg’s decision to drop out of the race two days before Super Tuesday has hurt Sen. Bernie Sanders in our primary forecast. Sanders’s chances of winning a majority of pledged delegates fell from 28 percent to 23 percent. And the likelihood that no candidate gets a majority rose slightly from 59 to 64 percent. Former Vice President Joe Biden’s majority chances were unchanged.”

– Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight

South Carolina

Joe Biden won the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary on Saturday, which was the last presidential nominating event before Super Tuesday this week. Biden won the popular vote in all 46 counties in South Carolina. He is projected to receive at least 35 delegates.

Bernie Sanders, the second-place finisher with 20% of the vote, will receive at least 13 delegates. Six have not yet been allocated.

The South Carolina Republican Party voted on September 7, 2019, to cancel its presidential primary.


  • Several members of Congress endorsed Joe Biden over the weekend, including Reps. Don Beyer (Va.), Greg Stanton (Ariz.), Jennifer Wexton (Va.), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), and Robert Scott (Va.). Biden is campaigning in Houston and Dallas on Monday. He said his campaign raised $5 million in 24 hours after winning the South Carolina primary.

  • Michael Bloomberg aired “Leadership in Crisis,” a three-minute recorded address on the coronavirus, on CBS and NBC Sunday night. Fox News is hosting a town hall with Bloomberg in Manassas, Virginia, on Monday night.

  • Pete Buttigieg ended his presidential campaign on Sunday night. He said, “We have a responsibility to concede the effect of remaining in this race any further. Our goal has always been to help unify Americans to defeat Donald Trump and to win the era for our values.”

  • Tulsi Gabbard is holding a town hall in Austin, Texas, on Monday.

  • Between Saturday and Tuesday, Amy Klobuchar is scheduled to campaign in 11 states. She has events in Utah, Montana, Colorado, and Oklahoma on Monday. Klobuchar canceled a rally in Minnesota on Sunday after protesters took over the stage demonstrating against her prosecutorial record.

  • Bernie Sanders is holding rallies in Utah and Montana on Monday. He announced he raised more than $46 million in February.

  • Tom Steyer ended his presidential campaign on Saturday after placing third in the South Carolina Democratic primary. He said in a speech to supporters, “I said if I didn’t see a path to winning, that I’d suspend my campaign. And honestly, I can’t see a path where I can win the presidency.”

  • Elizabeth Warren is campaigning in East Los Angeles on Monday. Her campaign announced it raised $29 million in February.


  • Donald Trump discussed the Democratic primary, at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday.

  • Bill Weld is campaigning in Massachusetts on Monday with stops in Scituate, Avon, and Weymouth.

Flashback: March 2, 2016

Hillary Clinton announced she had raised $30 million in February 2016.blank

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