Former Vice President Joe Biden won the South Carolina primary on Saturday.
A shot in the arm for a struggling candidate, the South Carolina election gave establishment Democrats hope and Biden his first victory in three presidential campaigns.
“For all those of you who’ve been knocked down, counted out, left behind...this is your campaign,” Biden said in his victory speech from Columbia, S.C.
Biden won with 48 percent of the vote, defeating Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders by more than 150,000 votes. Biden’s win eased anxiety in the party’s centrist sections as the campaign heads into a pivotal Super Tuesday where 14 states hold elections.
“Democrats want a nominee who’s a Democrat,” Biden declared. “A life-long Democrat, a proud Democrat, an Obama-Biden Democrat.”
Businessman Tom Steyer finished third, dropping out of the race shortly after the results came in. Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg placed fourth and dropped out Sunday night, followed by Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, who dropped out Monday.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was not on the South Carolina ballot.