Biden assures supporters the primary is still 'wide open' in lengthy phone call: report

Biden assures supporters the primary is still 'wide open' in lengthy phone call: report

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump shakes up WH communications team The Hill's Campaign Report: Wisconsin votes despite coronavirus pandemic The Intercept's Ryan Grim says Cuomo is winning over critics MORE reportedly sought to reassure supporters Wednesday after his performance trailing several candidates in the first two nominating states. 

“I'll be damned if we're gonna lose this nomination, particularly if we're gonna lose this nomination and end up losing an election to Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE,” Biden said in a roughly 13-minute call to supporters, Politico reported Wednesday.

Biden reportedly said the field is “still wide open” and that he is “confident” he can win in South Carolina and Nevada, the next two states to hold primaries and caucuses. 

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"The point is that, I want you to know that things haven't changed in terms of responses we're getting, in terms of whether it's contributions online or whether it's endorsements since both of those primaries have taken place," he said, adding that he raised more than $4 million online in the first 11 days of this month. 

He also said he raised $453,000 online on Tuesday, the day of the New Hampshire primary, according to Politico. 

“So my point is that we've not seen any diminution in the energy or in endorsements,” he said.

On the call, he also reportedly said it will be “fairly hard” for candidates like former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg launches new PAC to aid down-ballot candidates HuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Economists fear slow pace of testing will prolong recession MORE and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Klobuchar Klobuchar's husband recounts battle with coronavirus: 'It just suddenly hit me' Hillicon Valley: Schiff presses intel chief on staff changes | Warren offers plan to secure elections | Twitter's Jack Dorsey to donate B to coronavirus fight | WhatsApp takes steps to counter virus misinformation Wisconsinites put lives on the line after SCOTUS decision MORE (D-Minn.) to “go South.”

Both Buttigieg and Klobuchar performed better than Biden in New Hampshire, as did Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDrugmaker caps insulin costs at to help diabetes patients during pandemic The Hill's Campaign Report: Wisconsin votes despite coronavirus pandemic Sen. Brown endorses Biden for president MORE (I-Vt.) who won the first-in-the-state primary. 

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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: Schiff presses intel chief on staff changes | Warren offers plan to secure elections | Twitter's Jack Dorsey to donate B to coronavirus fight | WhatsApp takes steps to counter virus misinformation Warren releases plan to secure elections during coronavirus pandemic On The Money: Trump officials struggle to get relief loans out the door | Dow soars more than 1600 points | Kudlow says officials 'looking at' offering coronavirus bonds MORE (D-Mass.) also had a narrow lead over Biden, pushing the former vice president into fifth place, but neither Warren nor Biden received delegates from New Hampshire. 

Biden is now pushing South Carolina, the first primary state with a significant black population, as a strong point for his campaign. A RealClearPolitics average of polls shows Biden leading in the state with 31 percent, followed by businessman Tom SteyerTom SteyerProgressive advocates propose T 'green stimulus' plan Candidates want data privacy rules, except for their own campaigns Budowsky: Biden should pull together a 'dream team of rivals' MORE at 18.5 percent and Sanders at 17 percent. 

A spokesperson for Biden’s campaign was not immediately available for comment.