By Trevor Hunnicutt, Jarrett Renshaw and Liliana Salgado
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden On Saturday, he won South Carolina’s Democratic primary — the first officially sanctioned race of the party’s nominating season — with early results showing him dominating two other candidates, according to Edison Research projections.
While Biden, 81, faced little opposition, the vote was closely watched due to concerns about his popularity, particularly among black voters.
Edison Research made the prediction shortly after polls closed Saturday.
With more than 50% of votes counted, the Biden campaign said, “In 2020, it was South Carolina voters who proved the experts wrong, breathed new life into our campaign, and set us on the path forward.” of victory for the presidency.
“Now, in 2024, the people of South Carolina have spoken again and I have no doubt that you have put us on the right path to winning the presidency again – and ensuring that Donald Trump a loser – again,” the campaign said in a statement.
Shortly before polls closed in South Carolina, Biden arrived in Los Angeles, where he was to meet with black artists.
Four years ago, it was South Carolina’s black vote in the state’s primary that helped ignite his campaign and ultimately propel him to the White House.
Biden, an unpopular incumbent who faces little competition for his party’s nomination in subsequent state primaries leading to the Nov. 5 U.S. election, appeared on track for a landslide victory in South Carolina.
Besides campaign fears that South Carolina’s majority-black electorate might not be energized this time around, there were also doubts about its age and concerns about high consumer prices and safety along of the US-Mexico border.
Democratic officials polled by Reuters expected a total of 100,000 to 200,000 primary votes, after a county-by-county tour of the southern state aimed at enthusing voters and multiple events featuring Biden or the vice-president. president…