Clyburn: Nevada will have 'somewhat of an impact' on South Carolina

Clyburn: Nevada will have 'somewhat of an impact' on South Carolina
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House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Sunday the results of the upcoming South Carolina primary “may not line up with” the results from the three prior early voting states. 

“I do believe that Nevada will have somewhat of an impact on South Carolina, all the prior contests do have an impact. I do believe, however, though that South Carolinians know why they’re in this pre-primary window,” Clyburn said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“We got in the window because of the demographics of this state, and the demographics of the Democratic electorate, and we think we reflect that.” 

South Carolina will be the first state in the primary season with a significant African American population, a factor that could shake up the field after the two of the first three states to vote were overwhelmingly white. 

“We really believe now that the West and the Midwest and Northeast have their say we are going to let people know how we feel about these candidates, and it may not line up with Nevada or New Hampshire or Iowa,” Clyburn said. 

Clyburn has said he will not endorse a candidate until after Tuesday’s debate in his state. 

His comments come a day after the Nevada caucuses, where Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Tipping point week for Trump, Biden, Congress, voters Biden and Schumer face battles with left if Democrats win big Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw MORE (I-Vt.) claimed a decisive victory. The Nevada race was more diverse than the prior two states, with a significant Latino voting population. 

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter Trump narrows Biden's lead in Pennsylvania: poll Florida breaks first-day early voting record with 350K ballots cast MORE came in second, which his campaign touted as showing the candidate “coming back.” Biden has staked much of his candidacy on an expected success in South Carolina. 

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 Biden town hall questioner worked as speechwriter in Obama administration: report MORE fell to third place, after clinching the first and second spot in the first two states. Buttigieg has faced concerns over how he’ll perform in South Carolina, based on polling that has shown him lacking support from black voters. 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: Trump takes criticism of Fauci to a new level | GOP Health Committee chairman defends Fauci | Birx confronted Pence about Atlas Senate Democrats call for ramped up Capitol coronavirus testing Government watchdog to investigate allegations of Trump interference at CDC, FDA MORE (D-Mass.) fell in fourth place in Nevada, however her campaign has seen an influx in donations since a strong performance in the Nevada debate that could give her an edge going into South Carolina and the Super Tuesday states.