South Carolina gave Joe Biden’s campaign a much-needed revival, as he was projected to win the state’s primary by a significant margin on Saturday, CNN and other major news outlets said.
His supporters are hoping that the victory will give him a boost before Super Tuesday, when 14 states hold primaries. The latest polls show Bernie Sanders holding a large lead in California, where he plans to hold a Los Angeles rally on Sunday evening.
The race was called right as polls closed at 7 PM ET, an indication that Biden will be well ahead of his nearest rival in the vote count.
Biden’s supporters hope that his win will narrow the field and set him up to be the chief rival to Sanders, who has a delegate lead. But that is complicated by Michael Bloomberg, who has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into the presidential race in an effort to make a strong showing next week. That will be the first time he has been on the ballot.
Biden’s campaign is under the gun to raise money, and his campaign has scheduled an event for Wednesday at the home of Sherry Lansing.