Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign has been struggling.
He did terribly in Iowa and New Hampshire. He placed second in Nevada, but he still hasn’t won a state.
For months, Biden and his supporters have been pointing to South Carolina as his supposed firewall.
Now, he has reached a critical point. He needs to win South Carolina, but it’s not in the bag yet.
Even so, he is backing off the “firewall” talk. That is not encouraging.
FOX News reports:
Biden backs off calling South Carolina his ‘firewall’
Former Vice President Joe Biden is backing away from pointing to the upcoming South Carolina primary as a virtual lock for his campaign, after previously describing the state as his “firewall.”
On Sunday, he pushed back on the description — and even denied saying it.
“You said it, my firewall. I’ve never said it,” Biden shot back at CBS’ Margaret Brennan in an interview that aired Sunday on “Face the Nation.”
“I said I’m going to do well there,” he continued. “And I’ll do well there and I’ll do well beyond there as well.”
Biden did say it, just a few weeks ago.
In an interview with NBC before the Iowa caucuses, Biden stressed the importance of South Carolina for his campaign.
“I think I’ll do well in Nevada,” Biden said. “And I think I have a real firewall in South Carolina.”
Bernie Sanders has momentum, and is creeping up on Joe in the state.
NBC News reports:
NBC News poll: Biden holds narrow lead over Sanders in South Carolina
Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., are locked in a tight contest in South Carolina, according to a new NBC News/Marist poll ahead of the state’s Democratic primary Saturday.
Biden gets the support of 27 percent of likely Democratic primary voters in South Carolina, while Sanders gets 23 percent — well within the poll’s margin of error of plus-minus 6 percentage points.
They’re followed by billionaire activist Tom Steyer at 15 percent, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 9 percent, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., at 8 percent and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., at 5 percent.
No other candidate gets more than 3 percent in the poll.
The survey was conducted Feb. 18 to Feb. 21 — before the results were known from Saturday’s Nevada caucuses, which Sanders easily won, beating Biden by more than 2 to 1.
Will Biden drop out of he loses here?