“Now I am very proud that in this campaign so far we have won the popular vote in Iowa. We have won the New Hampshire primary. We have won the Nevada caucus. But you cannot win them all,” Sanders said, in Norfolk, Virginia at a rally just hours after the voting had closed on Saturday.
“And tonight we did not win in South Carolina. And that will not be the only defeat. There are a lot of states in this country. Nobody wins them all,” Sanders said with a hoarse voice. “I want to congratulate Joe Biden on his victory tonight,” he said, before turning his attention to focus to Super Tuesday.
“And now we enter Super Tuesday in Virginia,” he said to his audience. “And I believe very strongly that the people of this country on Super Tuesday and after are going to support our campaign because we are more than a campaign. We are a movement.”
Former Vice President Joe Biden’s victory of Feb. 29 breathed life into his campaign after lackluster performances in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada, setting the stage for a high-stakes showdown on Super Tuesday.
With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, 48.4 percent of South Carolina residents voted for Biden. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) came in a distant second with 19.9 percent.
Biden and Sanders earned 33 and 11 South Carolina delegates to the national convention, respectively. Sanders still leads the field in total delegates with 56. Biden is in second place with 48 delegates.
The victory in South Carolina was essential for Biden after he lost the primary contest in three states and dropped to second place in national polling to a surging Sanders.
News from South Carolina will still be fresh as voters in 14 states head to polling places to cast their votes on March 3, Super Tuesday.
More than 34 percent of the total delegates—1,357 of the 3,979—are up for grabs on a decisive day in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia.
Ivan Pentchoukov and The Associated Press contributed to this report.