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Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 @ 11:44 AM
From Exeter, New Hampshire — With the polls already open on Tuesday for the crucial vote in the New Hampshire Primary, former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign announced that he would not stick around the Granite State for the final results this evening, instead leaping ahead to South Carolina, which votes on February 29.
In a written statement sent to reporters, Biden's campaign said he would address his New Hampshire backers by livestream from the state capital of Columbia, South Carolina.
"I have enjoyed traveling across New Hampshire," Biden said in a statement. who added he was "looking forward to traveling to South Carolina this evening and Nevada later this week," the next two states in the 2020 race.
The announcement was seen a distinct admission on primary day that Biden was not going to do well in the Granite State - as last Friday he started a final debate by saying he expected to take 'a hit' like his fourth place finish in Iowa.
Biden entered a Manchester Dunkin’ seconds after his campaign advised that he’s headed to South Carolina tonight instead of attending his NH party. “We're still mildly hopeful here in New Hampshire and we'll see what happens,” he told us. pic.twitter.com/0psnI8Ikce— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) February 11, 2020
Biden, 95 days ago, filing for the New Hampshire ballot: “I plan on trying to win New Hampshire. I’m not here to come in second. I never enter anything to come in second.”— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) February 11, 2020
Biden's poll numbers in New Hampshire have been going the wrong way in recent days, with the threat that he might be passed by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who has seen a surge of interest since Friday's debate.