Biden, who had only earned 15 delegates after the first three states had voted in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, outpaced current front-runner Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders with a projected 60% of the vote to take control of at least 20 of South Carolina’s 54 pledged delegates.
This was the first time in his three presidential runs that he won a state primary or caucus.
Biden was quick to take a victory lap:
Thank you, South Carolina! To all those who have been knocked down, counted out, and left behind — this is your campaign. Together, we will win this nomination and beat Donald Trump.— Joe Biden (Text Join to 30330) (@JoeBiden) March 1, 2020
Amid a larger than expected African American voter turnout, Biden dominated the initial vote count...
And is forecast to win the primary.
The double-digit win for Biden, along with the likelihood of collecting many or most of the 54 delegates at stake, gives his campaign a much-needed shot in the arm ahead of the Super Tuesday primaries next week.
President Trump was not slow in reacting either:
Sleepy Joe Biden’s victory in the South Carolina Democrat Primary should be the end of Mini Mike Bloomberg’s Joke of a campaign. After the worst debate performance in the history of presidential debates, Mini Mike now has Biden split up his very few voters, taking many away!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2020
Does this mean the market will rally on Monday?