As a handful of the Democrats vying for the chance to oust President Donald Trump next November, Joe Biden is turning his focus elsewhere this weekend, making his first 2020 campaign trip to South Carolina.
The former vice president makes his debut visit to the state on Saturday with a campaign stop in Columbia, followed by a private fundraiser. Having opened his presidential campaign with explicit appeals to white, working class voters across the Midwest, pledging his allegiance to unions and promising to rebuild the middle class, Biden will now gauge whether his message will resonate among black voters whose support will be crucial in winning the nation’s first-in-the-South primary.
Iowa is the focus for many of the other candidates, as Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Bernie Sanders of Vermont all campaign there, along with former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke. Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper both campaign in New Hampshire.
Outside the early-voting states, Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, campaigns in Houston. Tim Ryan is in the battleground state of Michigan, while Gov. Jay Inslee campaigns in California, a behemoth whose 55 electoral votes are up for grabs, along with many others, on Super Tuesday.
The Democratic field has more than a dozen hopefuls, and other politicians are considering jumping into the pursuit to make Trump a one-term president.