In the Democratic primary in South Carolina on Saturday, President Joe Biden hopes to win and formally begin his party’s nomination process easily. This victory will validate a new lineup he supported to better empower Black voters, who helped revitalize his 2020 campaign.
Against self-help author Marianne Williamson and Minnesota Representative Dean Phillips, Biden is heavily favored.
However, what’s happening is notable because of the drawn-out and occasionally acrimonious process by which the Democratic National Committee officially switched Iowa’s leadoff placement in its presidential primary to South Carolina’s.
Politicians frequent the well-known soul food restaurant run by a family, and President Joe Biden was just there two weeks ago.
It made fitting, then, that Biden surrogates would pay a visit to the illustrious establishment where pictures of Pharrell Williams, Angela Bassett, Danny Glover, and Hillary Clinton adorn the walls, as they spent the closing days trying to generate excitement for Saturday’s primary.
However, Austin Davis, Pennsylvania’s first Black lieutenant governor, had little response when he begged the supporters to send Kamala Harris and Joe Biden back to the White House.
Biden’s Senior Advisor Statement
Senior adviser Clay Middleton, who is based in Charleston and works for the Biden reelection campaign, acknowledges that party officials are under more pressure to get votes than to turn out to vote.
According to Middleton, the general public was out of tune since there was no longer the same sense of urgency or crisis as there had been previously.
He continued by saying that it was now up to individuals who had profited from and were experiencing the effects of this administration to express [their] gratitude by casting a ballot.
Once the state has released the initial results, the Associated Press will declare a winner in the election. The A.P. scheduled the Democratic primary for Mr. Biden in 2020 at 7 p.m. He won the state with 54% of the vote. This year, Mr. Biden has many fewer opponents and is winning polls by a wider margin.
Before the end of the night, almost all of the ballots will most likely have been counted by election officials. According to The A.P., election officials in South Carolina tallied 98 percent of the votes in 2020 before calling it a night at 12:17 a.m.
The Democratic candidates for the November election are Joe Biden, Marianne Williamson, and Dean Phillips. Voters will select one of them. Voters have until 7 p.m. to cast their ballots.
However, one contender thinks the decision has already been decided. On Friday, the day before the Primary, Phillips reacted to a tweet from the New York Times claiming that Biden was leading by a significant margin.
A few weeks before the state’s February 3 primary, Mimi Striplin, the 31-year-old proprietor of Charleston’s The Tiny Tassel, received an invitation to meet with President Joe Biden as part of a small business roundtable. She had a brief message for him.
Striplin, an Asian American woman, expressed her desire for him to consider the faces of people who look like her when he speaks about policy and makes significant changes.
To secure reelection this year, Biden will require Black voters such as Striplin, who supported him during the previous presidential election and intend to do so once more, to re-establish the alliance that propelled him to the presidency in 2020.
During a campaign event at historically Black South Carolina State in Orangeburg on Friday, Vice President Kamala Harris stated that South Carolina was the first primary in the country and that she and President Biden were banking on it.
Jill Biden, the first lady, and the president recently conducted campaign stops across the state.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison stated earlier in the day in the capital of South Carolina that Biden’s advocacy on behalf of the state demonstrated the president’s dedication to Black voters.