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Biden heading to South Carolina as New Hampshire votes

Biden heading to South Carolina as New Hampshire votes
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' MORE will skip an election night celebration in New Hampshire as polls show his campaign slumping well behind his front-running rivals.
 
 
Biden’s campaign had previously said he would appear at a victory party in Nashua on Tuesday night. 
 
“I have enjoyed traveling across New Hampshire, speaking to countless Granite Staters who understand we are in a battle for the soul of this nation and I have relished fighting for each and every one of their votes,” Biden said in a statement.
 
“I am looking forward to traveling to South Carolina this evening and Nevada later this week to carry our campaign forward and hear from the diverse voters whose voices must be heard in this process to select the Democratic nominee who will unite this country to defeat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' MORE,” he added.
 
Biden’s campaign has banked on a strong showing in South Carolina, where African American voters make up more than half the Democratic primary electorate. The state’s importance to his campaign has only grown after his dismal fourth-place showing in Iowa and what is expected to be an embarrassing fourth- or fifth-place showing in New Hampshire.
 
 
There are new warning signs that Biden’s firewall is cracking. Two recent polls conducted by East Carolina University and the Charleston Post and Courier show Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden defends his health plan from Trump attacks Progressives blast Biden plan to form panel on Supreme Court reform Sanders: Progressives will work to 'rally the American people' if Biden wins MORE (I-Vt.) and billionaire former hedge fund manager Tom SteyerTom SteyerDemocrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein 2020 election already most expensive ever TV ads favored Biden 2-1 in past month MORE making inroads, and Steyer has earned endorsements from prominent African American activists.