Biden says he has to do 'really well' in South Carolina

Biden says he has to do 'really well' in South Carolina
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Overnight Health Care: Trump resists pressure for nationwide stay-at-home order | Trump open to speaking to Biden about virus response | Fauci gets security detail | Outbreak creates emergency in nursing homes 16 things to know today about coronavirus outbreak MORE conceded in an interview broadcast on Sunday that he has “to do really well” in the South Carolina primaries after disappointing showings in Iowa and New Hampshire but said he does not necessarily have to win the state outright.

Asked by host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddUS emergency room doctor dies after coronavirus symptoms Biden on quarantine timelines: 'Worst thing you can do is raise expectations and then watch them get dashed' White House coronavirus coordinator: All governors and mayors need to 'prepare like New York is preparing now' MORE on NBC's "Meet the Press" whether it was necessary for him to win the state, the first Democratic primary contest with significant numbers of African American voters, Biden responded, “Well, I think I have to do really well in it.”

Pressed by Todd on whether it was possible to do well in the state without winning, Biden responded that on March 4, "we end up going into all the states, which the polling data is now showing me doing incredibly well, whether it's North Carolina or Georgia or Texas or any of these other places.”

“So look, it's not an apt comparison, but [former President] Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonClintons send pizza to NY hospital staff treating coronavirus Budowsky: President Trump, meet with all former living presidents Why Klobuchar should be Biden's vice presidential pick MORE lost his first eight, 10, 12 primaries and caucuses before he won one. I don't plan on taking that long,” Biden continued. “But we're just getting to the meat of getting to the number of delegates you need to be able to win this election. And I'm confident we're going to be in good shape.”

“Is your goal to be the presumptive front-runner at the end of March?” Todd asked.

"Yes," Biden replied.

Biden finished fourth in the Iowa caucuses and fifth in New Hampshire. He has fallen behind Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Judge slams Wisconsin governor, lawmakers for not delaying election amid coronavirus outbreak The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden offers to talk coronavirus response with Trump MORE (I-Vt.) in several recent national polls.