Feb 29, 2020 - Politics & Policy

South Carolina exit polls: Black voters want a return to Obama-era politics

Voters wait in line at a Charleston polling station. Photo: Joshua Lott/AFP/Getty Images

South Carolina's Democrats are more in favor of a return to Obama-era politics than voters in both New Hampshire and Iowa, according to the AP VoteCast early exit polls.

Why it matters: Roughly half of black South Carolina Democratic voters say they want a presidency like Obama's. By comparison, about 2/3 of white voters want fundamental change in Washington, the AP found.

  • Overall, "about 4 in 10 voters in South Carolina wanted to return to the politics of the past, compared to about a third in Iowa and New Hampshire," the AP notes.
  • "About 9 in 10 black voters said it was very important that a nominee cares about people like them, while about 7 in 10 whites said the same."
  • "Separately, about 8 in 10 black voters want a candidate with the 'right experience,' compared to just about 5 in 10 white voters."

The bottom line: The Biden campaign bet it all on South Carolina, and he remained the state's polling leader going into today's contest.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden is projected to decisively win the South Carolina Democratic primary, a crucial win that demonstrates his support among African American voters.

Why it matters: The victory is Biden's first-ever presidential primary win. He has long predicted that his appeal among voters of color would carry him in South Carolina.

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Super Tuesday: Alabama, Massachusetts prefer a centrist Democrat

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Super Tuesday voters in Alabama and Massachusetts want a "practical, centrist" candidate to win the Democratic nomination, per preliminary results from AP VoteCast conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago.

Driving the news: Former Vice President Joe Biden is projected to win the Virginia and North Carolina Democratic primaries. Biden won the endorsement of two of the more prominent moderates in the 2020 race — Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Most Joe Biden admirers Axios interviewed in South Carolina, where he's vowed to win today's primary, said they're unfazed by his embarrassing losses in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada.

Why it matters: Biden has bet it all on South Carolina to position himself as the best alternative to Bernie Sanders — his "good buddy," he tells voters before skewering Sanders' record and ideas.