Once upon a time, journalists were warned not to ‘bury the lede’. But in an era when the media is Pravda with snappier logos, the lede has to be buried in an unmarked grave most of the time. Take the story of Biden’s big blowout primary win.
Media headlines hype his 96% victory in the South Carolina primary. Fewer mention that it was a 4% turnout election.
I’ve said before that Biden had the DNC rig the primary calendar to favor him by putting South Carolina first and kicking out New Hampshire because he couldn’t lose in SC if he were dead.
And this primary proved it.
South Carolina secured Biden the nomination in the 2020 primaries. He paid multiple campaign visits there and spent six figures on ads in a state that was a sure thing to produce these kinds of big numbers.
And 96% (the current estimate) does sound like a lot. But it’s 96% of what? As it turns out, it’s 96% of 4%.
South Carolina saw only 4% voter turnout statewide with 131,870 ballots cast, the lowest turnout in the past three Democratic presidential preference primaries. In 2020, the state saw roughly 16% voter turnout and 12.6% turnout in 2016.
Upstate counties saw a turnout of around 2-3%
About 126,000 people (so far) cast their ballots for Joe Biden out of the 150,000 plus people who showed up.
Can’t you just feel the feverish enthusiasm?
And it wouldn’t be a Biden campaign event without indecipherable gibberish.
Shortly after the race was called, Biden phoned Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) who was speaking to supporters at the South Carolina Democratic Party’s victory night event. Biden, who Clyburn put on speakerphone along with the microphone he was holding, expressed his thanks and asked about turnout.
The specifics of what he said were difficult for the audience to hear.
Considering the turnout numbers, that was probably safest.