After months of being considered the Democratic front runner for the presidential nomination, former Vice President Joe BIden finally won a presidential primary. South Carolina voters went to the polls in an open primary on Saturday, and Biden came out victorious. 

As a refresher, in open primaries, you can vote in a party’s primary regardless of your political affiliation. Therefore, it is possible that Republican voters came out and voted during the Democratic primary. How much that could, or did, affect the results, will always be highly debated and difficult to prove. 

South Carolina had 54 delegates that would be pledged in proportion to the candidates who fared best in the state. As the votes rolled in, it became clear that despite poor showing in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada, that Joe Biden was going to be victorious in South Carolina. Biden ended up taking home 33 of those delegates. Sanders took home 11. South Carolina did not hold a Republican primary on Saturday. 

With 100% of precincts reporting, here’s the results in South Carolina. 

Joe Biden—48.4% 

Bernie Sanders–19.9%

Tom Steyer–11.3%

Pete Buttigieg–8.2%

Elizabeth Warren–7.1%

Amy Klobuchar–3.1%

Tulsi Gabbard–1.3%

You can watch Biden’s victory speech here

Andrew Yang, Michael Bennett, Cory Booker, John Delaney, and Deval Patrick have all dropped out of the race prior to the primary and received less than 1% of the vote. Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former NYC mayor who is also running, is not on any primary ballots until Super Tuesday. 

After the results, candidate Tom Steyer dropped out of the race. South Carolina was the first time he had ended up in the top three during a presidential primary. 

The winner of the South Carolina primary has often turned out to be the party’s presidential nominee. For Democrats, that was true in 2016, 2012, 2008, and 2000. For Republicans, that was true in 2016, 2008, 2004, and 2000. 

So, what’s next for Democrats? SUPER TUESDAY. Yes, that’s right, Super Tuesday is just around the corner on March 3rd. It’s called SUPER for a reason. Fourteen states are having primaries on Tuesday and 1,357 delegates are up for grabs. That’s serious because, based on existing rules, a Democrat needs 1,991 delegates to clinch the nomination. 

The following states will be voting on Super Tuesday, so tune back into FFL for more coverage of this primary process: California, Utah, Colorado, Vermont, Minnesota, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Maine. 

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member