The South Carolina primary is over and former Vice President Joe Biden has been named the winner.
A lot happened tonight. Catch up on the key takeaways below:
- Biden wins big: Biden surged to a strong victory with his first-ever nominating contest win. Biden won around 3 in 5 black voters, dominating over Sanders, his closest competitor who got almost 1 in 5 of the group. Steyer came close to Sanders, with around 1 in 7 black voters.
- Sanders came in a distant second: Exit polls suggest that the South Carolina electorate was far more moderate and African American than the states in which Sanders has prospered. At a rally tonight, Sanders congratulated Biden, saying, "We did not win in South Carolina. That will not be the only defeat. There are a lot of states in this country and nobody can win them all."
- Biden closed the delegate gap on Sanders: Biden's delegate count increased again tonight from 34 to 41. Biden is now is only 12 delegates behind Bernie Sanders, who is leading with 53. Candidates need 1,991 delegates to win the Democratic nomination.
- Tom Steyer dropped out: The billionaire businessman said he decided to get out of the 2020 presidential race after he couldn't see a "path where I can win." Steyer spent big on ads in the state leading up to Saturday's vote.