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Former VP Biden says he’ll win South Carolina in the 2020 election

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While speaking at a presidential forum in Washington D.C., Joe Biden made a prediction about the upcoming 2020 election: if he’s the Democratic nominee, he’s going to take home South Carolina.

The former Vice President and Democratic frontrunner made the declaration while speaking at the Poor People’s Campaign Forum at Trinity University.

“I plan on winning Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, believe it or not,” Biden said Monday. He added he believes he will win Texas and Florida as well.

South Carolina Republicans disagreed.

“Bless Joe’s heart, he’s more likely to find a unicorn with a four-leaf clover in its mouth than a win in South Carolina,” S.C. Republican Party Chairman Drew McKissick tweeted.

He was joined at the forum by other presidential hopefuls, including U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, among others.

As polling data for the Democratic primary continues to come out, Biden has maintained a comfortable lead since before he declared. Polls in South Carolina are no exception.

In a June poll by the Post and Courier, 37% of respondents showed the most interest in Biden, with Warren coming in second with 17%.

A March poll pitted Biden against Trump, having Trump winning by four percentage points.

Trump won South Carolina with 54% of the vote during the 2016 election. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came in second with 40.7% of the vote.

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Emily Bohatch helps cover South Carolina’s government for The State. She also updates The State’s databases. Her accomplishments include winning a Green Eyeshade award in Disaster Reporting in 2018 for her teamwork reporting on Hurricane Irma. She has a degree in Journalism with a minor in Spanish from Ohio University’s E. W. Scripps School of Journalism.
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