Former Vice President Joe Biden seemed to anticipate failure in the New Hampshire’s primary on Tuesday night, Fox News host Jesse Watters said, by bolting for South Carolina before the votes were even finished being counted. Biden, who was long considered the frontrunner, is on the brink of campaign collapse after poor showings in the Granite State on Tuesday and Iowa the week prior.
“The implosion of the Biden campaign continues,” Watters said Tuesday, according to a report from Fox. “Sensing a disaster, the former vice president is booking it out of the state and is headed to South Carolina.”
Biden conceded that he took a “gut punch” in Iowa’s caucuses last week, in which he finished in fourth place, according to Politico. The former vice president seemed to brace for disappointment before Tuesday night’s contest, admitting in New Hampshire’s debate the week prior that he’d probably “take a hit” there.
His premonitions turned out to be right: Biden suffered an embarrassing fifth-place finish, receiving zero delegates, according to the Associated Press. The Democrat seemed expect the dismal result when he abruptly canceled a primary night event in New Hampshire and jetted to South Carolina before the polls closed, Fox News reported.
Biden is banking on South Carolina, where black voters play a more prominent role, to save him. Meanwhile, the candidate has sought to downplay the disappointing results of the early primaries so far to his supporters.
“It is important that Iowa and [New Hampshire] have spoken, but, look, we need to hear from Nevada and South Carolina and Super Tuesday and beyond,” Biden told a crowd in Columbia, South Carolina, according to The Hill.
Sanders the frontrunner?
Ever since his entry into the race in April, Biden had maintained a comfortable lead in the polls and the official, but untested, title of “frontrunner.” But strange gaffes on the campaign trail and a distinct lack of enthusiasm had long raised questions about his electability — and now, it seems the former vice president has fallen from his pedestal.
As he falters, Biden has continued to raise eyebrows by getting into bizarre exchanges with voters. He was criticized recently for calling a college student in New Hampshire a “lying, dog-faced pony soldier” when she pressed him on his electability, the New York Post reported.
It was hardly the first time Biden gave voters reasons to doubt his viability as a candidate, to say nothing of his cognitive faculties. With his candidacy finally under real pressure, Biden is falling apart, and Sen. Bernie Sanders is claiming the mantle of frontrunner in the Democratic primary; the Vermont socialist swept New Hampshire after achieving a virtual tie in Iowa’s messy caucuses with Pete Buttigieg.
It’s all over, Joe
As Biden looks to South Carolina, his support with black voters in the state is eroding rapidly. He suffered a stunning drop from 52% support among African American voters in January to 27% in a recent Quinnipiac poll, National Review reports, while self-funded billionaire Mike Bloomberg has climbed up to 22%.
Bloomberg, for his part, is skipping the early contests and betting it all on Super Tuesday on March 3. The South Carolina primary on Feb. 29 will follow the Nevada caucuses on Feb. 22.
In the meantime, it’s time to face facts: Biden’s campaign is over.