Early black voting in South Carolina grew 13% compared to 2020, though total numbers fell overall

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA — Early voting numbers show a significant growth in the number of black voters who voted early in the Democrats’ official “First in the Nation” primary contest of 2024, a positive sign for President Joe Biden‘s reelection chances.

Though the Palmetto State will likely vote red in November, Biden’s campaign has long pointed to South Carolina as a chance for the president to counter-narratives regarding slipping support among minority voters and concerns about his age and overall performance in the White House.

South Carolina Democratic Party Executive Director Jay Parmley and Get Out The Vote Director Lindsey Green briefed reporters on the early voting numbers Saturday afternoon, calling the outreach efforts of the state team a total “success,” even though overall early votes clocked in more than 33% lower compared to 2020.

According to the state
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