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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFord to bolster electric vehicle production in multi-billion dollar push Protesters demonstrate outside Manchin's houseboat over opposition to reconciliation package Alabama eyes using pandemic relief funds on prison system 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 said Tuesday he would travel instead to Columbia, S.C., to headline an event alongside Rep. Cedric RichmondCedric RichmondThe Memo: Biden's immigration problems reach crescendo in Del Rio Black Caucus meets with White House over treatment of Haitian migrants The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Questions on Biden agenda; unemployment benefits to end MORE (D-La.), his campaign’s co-chairman.
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 TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response 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.
Recent tracking polls out of New Hampshire show Biden fighting with Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenIn defense of share buybacks Democrats urge Biden to go all in with agenda in limbo In Washington, the road almost never taken MORE (D-Mass.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Officials want action on cyberattacks Senate panel advances antitrust bill that eyes Google, Facebook This week: Democrats face mounting headaches MORE (D-Minn.) for third place. Klobuchar has showed momentum coming off a strong performance at Friday’s Democratic debate, while Warren’s core of support has remained mostly steady.
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 SandersDo progressives prefer Trump to compromise? Texas House Republican tests positive for coronavirus in latest breakthrough case In defense of share buybacks MORE (I-Vt.) and billionaire former hedge fund manager Tom SteyerTom SteyerOvernight Energy: 'Eye of fire,' Exxon lobbyist's comments fuel renewed attacks on oil industry | Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline | More than 75 companies ask Congress to pass clean electricity standard Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline Six things to watch as California heads for recall election MORE making inroads, and Steyer has earned endorsements from prominent African American activists.