February 29, 2020. With over 256,000 votes, Joe Biden won the democratic presidential primary election in South Carolina. He garnered 48.44 percent of the vote, far surpassing second-place finisher Bernie Sanders, who received 19.9 percent of the vote. Biden win came with a large percentage of the African-American vote in a state that is far more diverse than Iowa and New Hampshire, which have primarily older white voters. This win gave a huge boost to Biden’s campaign and took some of the wind out of Bernie Sanders’ sails.
Following Biden’s victory, Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg dropped out of the race and endorsed Biden. They were joined by former democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke. These endorsements may help Biden on Super Tuesday. Going into those primaries, Sanders held a huge lead, but Biden may now be seen as a viable candidate in place of the socialist Sanders, whom many Democrats believe cannot win in the general election against Trump and his right-wing supporters.