(RightWing.org) – Joe Biden came into the race for the Democrat nomination as the strong front-runner. A moderate with views that should have wide appeal with American voters, and bolstered by eight years of experience as vice president, he seemed the obvious choice for the party as they struggle to recover from 2016’s defeat. Now, as the campaign steps up a gear, it seems the wheels are starting to fall off the Biden wagon.
As New Hampshire Democrats prepared to vote in the first primary of the 2020 election campaign, former Vice President Joe Biden abruptly canceled plans to spend the night of the voting in the state at a post-primary party.
- Until Tuesday morning, Biden was supposed to have been the guest of honor at a primary night party in Nashua, NH. That party still took place … but without Biden.
- Instead, Biden announced that he would be visiting polling stations in the afternoon as planned, but then getting on a plane and heading to South Carolina for a newly-scheduled rally to launch his campaign in the state.
- On the face of it, this is a surprising move. The New Hampshire primary is a significant event, and any candidate who downplays it risks losing out on momentum.
- On the other hand, the Granite State isn’t fertile ground for Biden. Early polling suggested the battle for first place was between antique socialist Bernie Sanders and upstart Pete Buttigieg, so Biden was jockeying for third with Elizabeth Warren and the surprisingly popular Amy Klobuchar, who ultimately overtook Warren for third.
- Getting that third place was critical for Biden; coming in fourth — as he did in Iowa — meant he was risking an outflow of donors and support. His actual fifth-place finish was demoralizing at best to his campaign.
- However, while New Hampshire was important for the Biden campaign, South Carolina is vital. That state and Nevada make up Biden’s “firewall” of support, the heartlands that he needs to hold for any chance of success.
- Biden supporters tried to talk up the decision Tuesday. One leading NH supporter said that while some people would be discouraged, the increased focus on South Carolina was a “positive aspect.”
- The candidate himself, talking in New Hampshire last week, admitted, “I took a hit in Iowa and I’m probably going to take a hit here.” However, as of Tuesday lunchtime, he claimed he was still “mildly hopeful” of a good result in the primary. Here’s a newsflash Joe, fifth place is not a good result.
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