Maybe 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful former Vice President Joe Biden sees the writing on the wall?

New Hampshire holds its primary today but Biden canceled his appearance at his primary night party to travel to South Carolina.

The national front runner landed in fourth place in Iowa. It looks like Biden will place in fourth or fifth in New Hampshire.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) won New Hampshire in 2016. He holds the lead in the UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion poll taken last week with 25% of the support.

Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is in second at 17% and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in third with 15%.

Biden is a scratch behind Warren with 14%.

From The Hill:

“I have enjoyed traveling across New Hampshire, speaking to countless Granite Staters who understand we are in a battle for the soul of this nation and I have relished fighting for each and every one of their votes,” Biden said in a statement.

“I am looking forward to traveling to South Carolina this evening and Nevada later this week to carry our campaign forward and hear from the diverse voters whose voices must be heard in this process to select the Democratic nominee who will unite this country to defeat Donald Trump,” he added.

Biden spoke to WCVB: “It’s a real disadvantage if you don’t come from one of the neighboring states. So I think it’s going to be hard to win this thing.”

He said to another reporter that his campaign remains “mildly hopeful here in New Hampshire.”

In November, Biden said he planned and needed to win New Hampshire:

“Let’s go knock on some doors because I plan on winning New Hampshire,” Biden said to a group of supporters on Nov. 9.

“New Hampshire and Iowa are important, and I plan on winning New Hampshire,” Biden said on Nov. 21. “I plan on winning in Iowa.”

“I plan on trying to win New Hampshire,” Biden said on Nov. 8. “I’m not trying to come in second.”

That attitude has changed because Biden says he still believes he will win the Democratic nomination.

But it is no secret that Biden’s campaign has internally favored Nevada and South Carolina due to the diverse population. A Washington Post-Ipsos poll in January showed Biden maintaining his lead among black voters with 48%. Sanders is in second place with only 28% of the respondents.

 

 
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