South Carolina Primary Divides Dems Even Further
The South Carolina results are in and somehow bumbling Biden found himself the winner of a primary. I guess S.C. really is his state. Dems and the MSM are now claiming that Biden has found the much-needed momentum necessary to keep going. Biden was about to have to call it after he has lost 3 primaries in a row. Democrats have been losing faith in Biden so much so that Bloomberg felt compelled to join the race. But now that Biden has "found" his momentum again, it means he is going to be facing off against Sanders and Bloomberg come super Tuesday, further dividing the Dems.
"Joe Biden got the win he needed Saturday night – resurrecting a Democratic White House bid that likely would have collapsed if the former vice president hadn’t won South Carolina's first-in-the-South presidential primary.
After poor fourth- and fifth-place finishes in Iowa’s caucuses and New Hampshire’s primary, followed by a distant second-place showing last weekend in Nevada’s caucuses behind rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, Biden -- the once-unrivaled front-runner in the Democratic race to take on President Trump in November -- greeted a crowd of energized supporters at his victory celebration in South Carolina’s capital city.
“Just days ago the press and the pundits declared this candidacy dead," he said. "Now, thanks to all of you, the heart of the Democratic Party, we just won -- and we won big. We are very much alive."
But now Biden has an uphill battle as he has an additional contender Super Tuesday and he has not been focusing on other states as much as he should have.
"As Biden spent nearly all his time concentrating on South Carolina and Nevada in recent weeks, Sanders and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg have been campaigning and pouring resources into the Super Tuesday states.
While Biden’s been upping his game when it comes to fundraising – announcing he’s been pulling in $1 million per day since his muscular performance in Tuesday’s prime-time presidential primary debate – Sanders’ campaign touted early Sunday that it had raised a whopping $46.5 million in February. That pads his already formidable lead over Biden in the race for campaign cash.
Sanders was already massively outspending Biden when it comes to putting up TV, radio, and digital ads in the Super Tuesday states – and his campaign said it would start airing TV commercials in the March 10 and 17 primary states.
And then there’s Bloomberg, who’s already spent more than $200 million – an unprecedented figure – to carpet the airwaves and social media with ads in the Super Tuesday states, where he’s also built up an extremely formidable and large campaign staff.
“Bloomberg, whose whole argument was, 'If Biden collapses, I am the last line of defense against Sanders,' is now headed into Super Tuesday with Biden far from collapsing and is now positioned to become the last line of defense FOR Bernie,” Mo Elleithee, the founding executive director of Georgetown University's Institute of Politics and Public Service, observed."
We get to see if Bloomberg has really bought the Primary come Tuesday. I would guess Bloomberg is only going to further divide Dems and hurt the Biden campaign. He is the new choice for establishment Dems and he is backed by Obama. It seems Bloomberg is actually helping Sanders more than defending against him.