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Biden projected to win South Carolina primary with more than 96% of vote

Biden came in far ahead of Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips and author Marianne Williamson.

Published: February 4, 2024 7:57am

President Joe Biden is projected to win the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary with more than 96% of the vote, putting him one step closer to securing the 2024 nomination.

The Associated Press projected Biden to be the winner of Saturday's primary, and with more than 95% of the votes on Sunday morning, the results show the president received more than 126,000 ballots, and all 55 of the state's Democratic delegates. 

Biden came in far ahead of Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips, who received 1.7% of the vote, and author and former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson, who received 2.1%.

"In 2020, it was the voters of South Carolina who proved the pundits wrong, breathed new life into our campaign, and set us on the path to winning the presidency," Biden said after the primary. "Now in 2024, the people of South Carolina have spoken again and I have no doubt that you have set us on the path to winning the Presidency again — and making Donald Trump a loser — again."

Biden's win comes after the Democratic National Committee attempted to have the party's first primary in South Carolina due to the state's population being more racially diverse than Iowa and New Hampshire, which are the traditional first-in-the-nation nominating states. 

New Hampshire refused to follow the DNC's plan and still held a primary last month, which Biden won as a write-in candidate with nearly 64% of the vote. 

South Carolina is set to hold the Republican primary on Feb. 24, where former President Donald Trump is expected to face off against the state's former governor, Nikki Haley.  

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