Biden's numbers are dropping there, too, but he has to give it a shot
Wash Post By Feb. 11, 2020 at 9:15 p.m. MST
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Joe Biden flew here unexpectedly Tuesday night before New Hampshire votes were even counted, seeking to save his faltering campaign in a state he must win — and one where allies, voters, party officials and others say he remains a front-runner, albeit a wounded one.
After dismal showings in last week’s Iowa caucuses and then again Tuesday in the New Hampshire primary, the former vice president is now counting on what has so far been durable support from black voters who make up a large share of the Democratic electorate in South Carolina.
But some people close to the operation have grown worried that Biden is no longer a sure bet in this state’s Feb. 29 primary and that his uneven performances on the campaign trail could dampen support. Some who once saw Biden as the strongest potential challenger to President Trump are looking at others, including billionaire Mike Bloomberg, who won’t be on the ballot here but is competing in states that vote a few days later on Super Tuesday.