Polling stations in the state close at 7 p.m. local time, 1 a.m. in the Netherlands on the night from Saturday to Sunday. Biden’s team has been actively campaigning in the state. The chance that he can win against a Republican in the presidential elections in November is considered small, but the president hopes to make black voters enthusiastic about his candidacy, according to American media. He desperately needs the support of that group.
Americans get a vote in the primaries on who will be the party’s official presidential candidate. Wins in states earn candidates the support of so-called delegates. These are people who represent their state or territory at the Democratic party convention in August. The presidential candidate will then be officially designated there. Biden is running for re-election and is seen as an almost certain winner.
It is the first time that Democrats have opened primaries in South Carolina. That state is seen as more diverse than states that traditionally come first. That decision went down badly in the state of New Hampshire, where its own Democratic primary election was organized last month. It has not been recognized by the Democratic Party and Biden was not on the ballot either.