Charlotte Talks: Make Or Break Primary Awaits Democrats In South Carolina

Feb 13, 2020

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020

The wide-open race for the Democratic presidential nomination is headed for South Carolina. Joe Biden has called the state his firewall after early defeats, but a win there is no longer a sure thing. To check the pulse of the Palmetto State ahead of the Feb. 29 primary, we headed to Winthrop University in Rock Hill.

Left to right: Mike Collins, Antjuan Seawright, Scott Huffmon, Meg Kinnard, Gibbs Knotts
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Biden was already in South Carolina when the polls closed in New Hampshire, trying to put a spin on his second defeat of the primary season.

"It ain't over man," Biden told supporters in Columbia. "We're just getting started."

The former vice-president has banked on support from African-Americans who make up two-thirds of South Carolina's Democratic electorate.

But recent polls suggested Biden's once-sizable lead in the state was fading, particularly among that key African-American base.

Billionaire Tom Steyer has also staked his candidacy on South Carolina, where he has spent $14 million in advertising. 

How will the Feb. 29 primary affect the trajectory of the 2020 Democratic race?


Scott Huffmon, Winthrop University, professor of political science; director of the Winthrop Poll (@HuffmonPolitics)

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press, national politics reporter based in South Carolina covering the 2020 race (@MegKinnardAP)

Gibbs Knotts, College of Charleston, professor of political science; co-author of "First in the South: Why South Carolina's Presidential Primary Matters" (@GibbsKnotts)

Antjuan Seawright, Democratic strategist, CBS News political contributor (@antjuansea)