(UnitedVoice.com) – On Saturday, South Carolina Democrats went to the polls and voters made former Vice President Biden a huge winner. Biden won by 30 points over Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) after promising for weeks that South Carolina would be his firewall. South Carolina did not disappoint.
Riding a wave of African-American support on the endorsement of Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), Biden won 48% of the total votes, crushing Sanders by a margin of more than 2-to-1. Among African-American voters, Biden earned 61% of the black vote to Sanders’ 17%.
Not only did Biden win resoundingly in South Carolina, but donations to his campaign also increased significantly as well. In less than 24 hours, Biden raked in more than $5 million in fundraising.
The win and financial windfall were much needed to increase support after Biden performed dismally in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada. While it’s a huge boost to his campaign, it may be too late to use that money before Tuesday when 14 states head to the polls in what is known as “Super Tuesday.”
What Does South Carolina Mean for Democrats Moving Forward?
The biggest question moving forward is: how much does South Carolina change things moving forward?
On Sunday night, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg abruptly suspended his campaign after campaigning all day in Georgia. Buttigieg said that he did not want to be a reason that President Trump could win in November. Over the last few weeks, Buttigieg has stated a far-left candidate like Bernie Sanders could not win the White House.
Now that Buttigieg has backed out of the race, it remains to be seen if Biden can coalesce enough of the moderate vote around his campaign to thwart Sanders. Biden still must contend with moderates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and former New York City Mayor and billionaire Mike Bloomberg.
The three of them may split enough votes to make it impossible to stop Bernie Sanders from winning in California and Texas on Tuesday, where he appears to have all the momentum.
Plus, there may not be another influential politician like Clyburn that can help Biden on Tuesday.
Speaking to nearly 10,000 in San Jose, CA, on Sunday, Sanders said nearly 1 million volunteers knocked on doors for him and that the person who wins California has a great chance to win the nomination.
Obama Reportedly Staying Quiet
In November, former President Barack Obama warned Democrats not to go too far left. He raised concerns that far-left policy proposals could go farther than public opinion and hurt a Democrat’s chance to defeat Trump.
On Monday, CNN reported that Obama called Biden on Saturday night to congratulate him on winning South Carolina. A person close to Obama reportedly told CNN that the former president feels he is uniquely qualified to unite the party at the end of the primary and work to defeat Trump in the general election. If he endorses Biden too quickly, Obama believes it could backfire on him.
Biden never misses a chance to remind voters he was Obama’s vice president and played a large role in the administration.
Obama is widely popular in the Democratic party and his influence could have a big effect on the primary if he interjected himself into it.
At this point, he is reluctant to do so.
Super Tuesday should be very interesting indeed.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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