South Carolina gives Biden a boost, but national media see Super Tuesday as critical stage of race

By: - March 1, 2020 2:54 pm

Republican senators blocked Democrats’ voting rights and election reform bill Tuesday. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Former Vice President Joe Biden scored an expected and critical win in racially diverse South Carolina, but the field of candidates positioned for another watershed moment on Super Tuesday.

The consensus seemed to be that Biden’s strong following among black voters gave him a big win over Bernie Sanders, who had fared better in less-diverse Iowa and New Hampshire.

Biden had taken to a back seat to U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders in those early races, with Pete Buttigieg also running strong.

Here’s a collection of reports on the fallout after Biden’s South Carolina win:

Fox News: Joe Biden got the win he needed Saturday night, saving a campaign that would have collapsed without a win. The true test comes Tuesday, with 14 states voting.

Politico: Black voters were key in Biden win. Super Tuesday likely to form one-on-one battle with Bernie Sanders.

New York Times: Biden’s strong victory in South Carolina showed he’s the establishment alternative to Sanders.

National Public Radio: Biden’s campaign likely would have been dead without the South Carolina win. Now, he lives to fight another day.

CNN: With his first-ever nominating contest win in three decades of trying, Biden renewed his momentum in presidential race.

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