Biden wins South Carolina Democratic primary, AP projects
Why it matters: Biden was expected to coast to victory in South Carolina, but the contest was a first test of his momentum as polls show him struggling to generate enthusiasm.
The big picture: A Biden write-in campaign won the Democratic primary in New Hampshire, but the South Carolina primary was the first contest that Biden filed to appear on the ballot.
- Biden in the run-up to the February primary ramped up his campaigning in South Carolina to boost turnout in the state that helped carry him to the White House in 2020.
- He has been trying to make inroads with Black voters as polls show him underperforming with this important voter bloc.
- The Biden campaign has already signaled that they are focused on the general election, presenting the contest in stark terms as a choice between Biden and former President Trump.