South Carolina primary: Marianne Williamson beating Dean Phillips in fight for second place

Author Marianne Williamson is on track to defeat Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) for second place Saturday in the South Carolina Democratic primary, in which both candidates finished in the low single digits — trailing President Joe Biden by more than 100,000 votes.

With 75% of the vote tallied, Williamson secured 2% of the vote to Phillips’s 1.6%, dealing a blow to the Minnesota congressman who spent time campaigning in the Palmetto State to boost his long-shot presidential bid. Both were far below Biden, who amassed 96.4% votes by 10 p.m.

Still, the results show a better-than-expected showing for Williamson after she largely skirted campaign events in South Carolina to focus on the Nevada primary next week. Williamson even considered suspending her campaign altogether, she said in a video announcement last month, but she ultimately
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