COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA — President Joe Biden notched a landslide victory in South Carolina’s Democratic presidential primary Saturday night, the first step to securing his party’s 2024 nomination ahead of a likely November re-match with former President Donald Trump.
The polls closed at 7 p.m. local time in the first primary of 2024 sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee. The Associated Press called the victory for Biden immediately at 7:23 p.m. in a sign of his dominance over challengers Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) and author Marianne Williamson.
Though Biden announced his reelection bid in the spring of 2023, media pundits and top Democratic lawmakers and officials openly speculated about replacing Biden atop the party’s White House ticket, citing concerns about Biden’s age and general performance in the White House.
Prominent national Democrats, including Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA), Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D-IL), and even former First Lady Michelle Obama,