How South Carolina Saved Joe Biden

The former vice president got the lifeline he needed from a familiar state and its African-American voters. Now he’s hoping for a Super Tuesday boost.

Former Vice President Joe Biden got his first opportunity on Saturday, in South Carolina, to deliver a victory speech in his quest for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Photo: Victor J. Blue for The Wall Street Journal

2020欧洲杯APPCOLUMBIA, S.C.—In good times and bad, Joe Biden has taken refuge in South Carolina, often joking that when he dies, he hopes to be reborn in Charleston.

So when his struggling presidential campaign needed a lift, he turned to the state for a lifeline Saturday, notching a burst of momentum and a chance to become the alternative to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the race for the Democratic nomination.

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