Breaking: Biden wins South Carolina, hopes for Super Tuesday momentum

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Polls have closed in South Carolina where Joe Biden seeks to rescue his presidential ambitions — and blunt Bernie Sanders’ momentum — as voters across the state made their mark on the Democrats’ nomination fight.

There were no reports of voting problems throughout the day.

Former Vice President Joe Biden has won South Carolina’s Democratic primary.

This is Biden’s first primary victory in his three attempts at the Democratic presidential nomination. It came during the fourth Democratic primary contest of the 2020 election season.

Biden’s win could work to blunt front-runner Bernie Sanders’ momentum heading into Super Tuesday, when 14 states and American Samoa weigh in on the race.

Only Biden and California billionaire Tom Steyer planned to mark primary night in the state, as the rest of the field stumped across the spectrum of Super Tuesday states that vote next week.

About 40% of voters in South Carolina picked health care as the top issue, while 22% said the economy and jobs are most important. That’s according to an AP VoteCast survey of the electorate. Fourteen percent of voters identified climate change.

Close to 9 in 10 Democratic voters said it’s important for their nominee to be a strong leader.