Biden Bets On DNC’s Cynical South Carolina Strategy

Joe Biden is again placing his chips on South Carolina, a state pivotal to his 2020 win in the Democratic Party primary contest, as he gears up for what appears to be a high-stakes rematch against President Donald Trump in the November general election. Biden’s reliance on South Carolina, particularly its Black voters, is not just a quest for primary success but a calculated effort to steer his campaign narrative away from rising skepticism and downward-spiraling approval ratings.

With the first sanctioned Democratic primary approaching on February 3, the Biden campaign is focusing on shoring up support with Black voters in the Palmetto State, where his languishing 2020 campaign was revitalized. Many observers have pointed out the likelihood that Democrats moved South Carolina to the front of the line in the party’s primary lineup in order to protect Biden from challengers.

However, Biden’s previously robust support among Black Americans has shown signs of erosion. From an initial high of over 80%, his approval within this community has slipped below 60% during his tenure in the White House, with many minority voters expressing greater enthusiasm for another term for President Trump and a return to economic policies that benefit the vast majority of Americans.

The campaign’s focus on minority outreach, evidenced by a six-figure ad campaign in Nevada and South Carolina, underscores this urgency. Yet, the DNC’s tactics, including legal challenges and voter drives, hint at a more profound anxiety within the party about the president’s re-election prospects. This anxiety is palpable, even as top officials, including Vice President Kamala Harris, make repeated trips to bolster support in battleground states.

Biden’s strategy in South Carolina also involves a symbolic play, leveraging his historical connections and policy initiatives targeting Black Americans. From lowering prescription drug costs to investing in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), these efforts are part of a broader narrative to reaffirm his commitment to this vital voter bloc.

Meanwhile, on the Republican front, the Trump campaign is watching these developments closely. South Carolina’s former governor Nikki Haley remains a notable figure in the GOP primary race. Speculation about Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) being considered as Trump’s running mate adds another layer of complexity to the electoral dynamics in this crucial state.

Biden’s South Carolina gamble is more than a mere primary contest; it could be a serious crossroads for his campaign’s viability and the DNC’s broader strategy.