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Biden says he can lose New Hampshire and still win the nomination, as polls show he has TIED for fourth place

Former vice president Joe Biden suggested that even if he is threatened by multiple rivals in New Hampshire on Tuesday, he will be in good shape to win the Democratic nomination.

“Nothing will happen until we reach a place in the country where there is much more diversity,” said Biden, referring to the following two voting states: Nevada and South Carolina. “And you know, you’re always behind the eighth ball when you run in New Hampshire and you have two people from neighboring states,” he explained to CBS on Monday, “This morning.”

While Biden competes with Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts, he has also fallen behind former South Bend, mayor of Indiana, Pete Buttigieg.

The current Real Clear Political polling average has him tied for fourth place in the Granite State with Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, with less than 24 hours of campaign to go.

“We’re just playing in here,” Biden told CBS. “I don’t see any reduction in national support, I still lead nationally,” he added.

Former vice president Joe Biden put a brilliant spin on his campaign and said on CBS 'This Morning' that he could still win the Democratic nomination, even if he again had a disappointing finish in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary

Former vice president Joe Biden put a brilliant spin on his campaign and said on CBS ‘This Morning’ that he could still win the Democratic nomination, even if he again had a disappointing finish in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary

“We’re just going to get started here,” former vice president Joe Biden (left) told CBS morning hosts, including Gayle King (left). “I don’t see any reduction in national support, I still lead nationally,” he added

Vice President Joe Biden hugs a school bus driver during a campaign stop on Monday morning in Nashua, New Hampshire

Vice President Joe Biden hugs a school bus driver during a Monday morning campaign stop in Nashua, New Hampshire

Vice President Joe Biden hugs a school bus driver during a Monday morning campaign stop in Nashua, New Hampshire

Biden suggested that Nevada and South Carolina matter more “because the other voters there represent a significant proportion of the American people and resemble America.”

“That’s why,” Biden added.

There are higher percentages of voters of color in Nevada and South Carolina, holding a caucus and a primary later this month, than the majority-white states of Iowa and New Hampshire, organizing the first two presidential primary competitions.

The Biden campaign has tried to spread a cheerful message that he will receive hit a pass after New Hampshire.

“We have said from the start of this campaign that the path to Joe Biden’s nomination runs through Nevada and South Carolina and Super Tuesday,” Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager, told breakfast to a group of reporters in Manchester Bloomberg News Monday morning.

Deputy Campaign Manager Kate Bedingfield of Joe Biden said the ex-veep will be “competitive” in New Hampshire, although it would not describe what that meant, but she said his real path to nomination via Nevada, South Carolina and Super Tuesday is, matches that come after that

“We believe we’ll do well,” she added, offering her prediction for Biden’s chances of reaching the Granite rankings.

Bedingfield, however, would not define what means well.

“I’m not going to obstruct an outcome. I think we’ll be competitive, “she said.

When a reporter brought up a World Series analogy, Bedingfield played the ball in this way: “I’d say this is Game 2 and we’re going all the way to Game 7.”

“He has been very clear that he is the underdog here. Because we essentially have two senators from the home state who compete here. We didn’t say anything about the fact that we think he’s the underdog here. I’m not going to decide in advance what the outcome will be tomorrow night, “she said.

Without strong displays in the first two states, Bedingfield claimed that Biden would still keep his numbers intact in South Carolina, where many voters are black.

“It goes back to the long relationship he has with the African-American community,” she explained.

The Biden campaign has already planned a kick-off event in South Carolina with Rep. Cedric Richmond in Columbia, South Carolina on the same evening as the New Hampshire primary results are expected to arrive.

Bedingfield also said that Symone Sanders, one of Biden’s most prominent black surrogates, has already been deployed in the state.

The Biden campaign made no major changes after Iowa, Bedingfield said, although the vice president has tried several reports in recent days.

“I think you’ve seen him adjust a bit in real time,” she commented.

From Wednesday to Saturday, Biden attacked Buttigieg and Sanders.

Biden doubted Buttigieg’s experience when he said Sanders’ chosen “democratic socialist” label would amount to elections for the party.

The Biden campaign contained a destructive digital ad against Buttigieg, who suggested that while the former vice president saved the car industry and provided healthcare to millions, the former mayor decorated the sidewalks and bridges.

Biden slowed down the attacks on Sunday.

Even more confusing, he seemed to point out that Buttigieg would be a good running partner.

On Monday, he said he was going after Buttigieg as a defensive movement after the 38-year-old former mayor attacked Biden’s record.

“No, look, I responded to him,” Biden said Monday. “I just want to make it clear that he’s wrong about the recent past.”

Bedingfield said, “of course he was at ease,” with the anti-Buttigieg ad when asked if Biden changed his mind.

She also pushed back on the idea that the advertisement represented Washington’s snobbery.

“Of course he finds the work of mayors and the work that is happening in cities in this country important,” said Bedingfield. “However, it does not mean that a mayor of a small town is willing to become president of the United States.”

Despite Biden’s mixed performance this week – he made headlines for calling a “lying dog-pony soldier” at a Sunday campaign event, a joke in the moment that led to online criticism – both he and Bedingfield said after Iowa fundraising has risen.

“Don’t share numbers, but it was the best week we’ve had since the launch,” Bedingfield told reporters Monday morning.

Biden, on CBS, was more specific.

“We raised about half a million dollars a day,” he said.

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