Political experts as well as Joe Biden’s campaign have dubbed the Democratic primary in South Carolina as a “must-win” for Biden. His front-runner status was quickly taken over by Bernie Sanders and Biden has continued to lag in early primary voting.
But pundits have called South Carolina a final litmus test for Biden. For any candidate to win the electoral college, they will need to be able attract and resonate with voters in the nations heartland. Biden is holding on his ability to do that as his campaign gasps.
Biden tallied 28 percent of support among likely Democrat voters while Sanders garnered 24 percent. Tom Steyer polled at 16 percent and Sen. Elizabeth Warren had 12 percent. Pete Buttigieg came in at 11 percent. In May of last year, Biden’s support was at 31 points.
Not all polls show the race that tight. Earlier this week, Monmouth University polling showed Biden at 36% support and enjoying a 20 point lead against Bernie Sanders who came in at 16%.
“I’m going to win South Carolina,” former Vice President Biden said in a recent interview. “I think it’s just important that I win. One point is enough, but I think I’m going to win by a lot more than that.”
The South Carolina Democratic Primary is this Saturday.