2020 South Carolina primary
February 29, 2020

Billionaire Tom Steyer's path to the presidency ended where he hoped it would really begin.

Steyer announced Saturday night that he's dropping out of the Democratic presidential race. He had his strongest primary performance Saturday in South Carolina, where he's on pace to finish in third place behind former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), but his aggressive campaigning in the state ultimately didn't achieve the results he was seeking.

With 86 percent of the vote in, Steyer has 11.4 percent support. "There's no question today that this campaign, we were disappointed with where we came out," he said. "But I said if I didn't see a path to winning that I'd suspend my campaign, and honestly I can't see a path where I win the presidency."

He spent more time in South Carolina than any other candidate in the hopes of chipping away at Biden's base, which included the majority of the state's African American voters, but the vice president retained the support he needed to emerge victorious. Read more at NPR and CNN. Tim O'Donnell

February 29, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden took what might have been a not-so-subtle shot at Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during his victory speech after winning the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary Saturday.

Biden's talking points mostly had to do with continuing the legacy of former President Barack Obama and defeating President Trump in November, but he also said — without mentioning Sanders or any other Democratic candidate by name — that the victory showed Democratic voters "want a nominee who's a Democrat." Sanders, of course, considers himself a democratic socialist and is technically an independent outside of his presidential runs.

The vice president also said he believes "most people don't want the promise of a revolution, they want results," another apparent dig at the senator who appears to now be his primary competitor.

Biden's speech received some praise from observers, many of whom pointed out that winning appears to be a cure-all for struggling campaigns. Tim O'Donnell

February 29, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden was quickly declared the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary winner even as votes continue to roll in Saturday night, and he owes his victory in large part to the state's African American voters.

More than half of South Carolina's Democratic voters this year were black, and among the demographic the vice president received a whopping 64 percent support rate. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was closest at 15 percent.

This is no surprise for Biden who — despite his struggles in the three previous early voting states — has long been counting on South Carolina's African American voters to back him Saturday.

The vice president did well in most exit poll categories, per CNN, though Sanders fared better with younger voters, as he normally does. Turnout numbers will help tell the full story.

Biden also received more votes from people who made their choice based on issues and those who are prioritizing beating Trump in November. Check out more exit poll numbers at CNN. Tim O'Donnell

February 29, 2020

It's taken former Vice President Joe Biden 33 years and three separate shots at the Democratic nomination, but he's finally won a Democratic presidential primary. Biden has been projected by multiple outlets to win Saturday's South Carolina Democratic presidential primary almost immediately after polls closed at 7 p.m. E.T.

With almost 90 percent of the votes accounted for, Biden has reeled in 48.4 percent of the electorate, well ahead of Sanders who comes in at 19.9 percent. Billionaire Tom Steyer is in third with 12 percent. Biden, so far, is the only candidate with any pledged delegates at 14.

The state was considered a crucial one for the vice president, who faded in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary before finishing a distant second to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the Nevada caucuses earlier this month. Biden's campaign considered South Carolina the candidate's firewall, so the victory looks like it will serve as a much needed boost going into Super Tuesday.

Exit polls are showing that Biden's win was reportedly strongly aided by African American voters and voters aged 45 and older.

This is a developing story and will be updated. Tim O'Donnell

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