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Joe Biden has won the South Carolina primary, according to multiple projections released shortly after polls closed in the state.
The win in South Carolina sends Mr Biden into the next phase of the nominating season — Super Tuesday — with fresh momentum, after three successive losses so far in 2020.
But, the former vice president who leveraged his eight years as the right hand man to Barack Obama to his benefit in a state with a powerful and large African American population still faces considerable obstacles in those 14 states, including a lack of financial resources and established ground game.
Even so, Mr Biden's runaway victory in South Carolina was immediately met with even more good news in the form of a high level endorsement from Terry McAuliffe, the former governor of Virginia, which will vote on Tuesday.
"I’m hoping some of the candidates tomorrow get out," Mr McAuliffe said on CNN, signalling what is likely to be a frequent argument that will be made in coming days by the Biden campaign that he is the best candidate for moderate Democrats to coalesce around.