Biden bets on ‘first-in-the-nation’ South Carolina to sell his doubters on a second term

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley isn’t the only White House candidate counting on South Carolina.

President Joe Biden is looking for strong support from the Palmetto State on Feb. 3 to officially launch his reelection bid. As the first sanctioned primary contest on the Democratic side, Biden is seeking a boost from his base, especially among black voters, to temper voter concerns about his age and his handling of the economy and border.

To build momentum for the “first in the nation” primary, Biden will travel to Columbia, South Carolina, on Saturday, one week before voters cast ballots in the 2024 cycle.

Biden proposed bumping up the Palmetto State in the primary order after the state, and its black voters in particular helped resuscitate the president’s 2020 campaign following poor showings in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada
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