Joe Biden decisively won the South Carolina primary on Saturday, giving the former vice president his first victory in the 2020 nominating battle and a burst of momentum ahead of the critical Super Tuesday in three days where a third of the Democratic presidential delegates are up for grabs.
“We won big, and we are very much alive,” Biden said in a victory celebration at the University of South Carolina. “As we celebrate tonight here in Columbia, I want to talk to Democrats across the country, especially those who will be voting on Super Tuesday. This is the moment to choose the path forward for our party. The decisions Democrats make in the next few days will determine what this party stands for, what we believe and what we’ll get done.”
The Associated Press called the race for Biden as soon the polls closed at 7 p.m. ET based on exit polls conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago. The results showed a convincing win for Biden, according to AP. With over 50 precinct reported, Biden held a nearly 30-percentage-point lead over front-runner Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.