February 29, 2020 (Updated 3/01/2020, 7:00 a.m. MST)
Today, Former Vice President Joe Biden achieved a decisive victory in the Democratic primary in South Carolina. Biden far outperformed the average of polls which showed him ahead of Sanders by about 13%, and pundits who, over the last few days, had questioned whether or not he would be able to achieve a double digit win over second place finisher Senator Bernie Sanders. Instead, with all of the votes counted, Biden received 48.45% of the votes cast, besting Sanders, who received 19.91% of the vote, by almost 30%.
In the South Carolina contest, Biden has so far picked up 33 delegates in the state, vs. 11 for Sanders, catapulting him into second place in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. No other candidate has so far been awarded delegates in South Carolina. Tom Steyer placed third with 11.33% of the vote, and all other candidates finished in single digits.
Total delegates committed now from primaries and caucuses to date stands at 56 for Sanders, 48 for Biden, and 26, 8, and 7 for other contenders Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, and Amy Klobuchar, respectively.
During his victory speech, Biden acknowledged the recent endorsement he received from long-term South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn as having been critical to his success.
To see the victory speech delivered by Biden, click on the link, below: