The private jet of former vice-president Joe Biden landed on Tuesday-evening in Columbia, South Carolina, while some polls were still open in New Hampshire.
Biden, long regarded as the Democratic leader, decided not to stay in the Granite state, with some polls suggesting that he could come in fifth.
His campaign announced mid-morning on Tuesday that he would appeal to supporters ‘via live stream’ from a South Carolina Launch party with surrogate Cedric Richmond, a state congressman, that was only added to the schedule of the former vice-president Monday.
A flight follower shows the trajectory of the jet of former vice president Joe Biden – leaves Manchester, New Hampshire and touches in Columbia, South Carolina before voting in the Granite State on Tuesday evening
BYE BYE BIDEN: Vice President Joe Biden did not linger for the results of New Hampshire and brought it to South Carolina, where he was expected to perform better
Former vice president Joe Biden is scheduled to leave New Hampshire Tuesday before the results of the nation’s first primary come
Former vice president Joe Biden leaves Granite State on Tuesday instead of addressing supporters at a scheduled event in Nashua
The vice president was on Tuesday morning at polling stations in New Hampshire, before his planned departure to South Carolina
Vice President Joe Biden, imprisoned in conversation with reporters Tuesday morning, has trivialized the importance of the New Hampshire primary, because voters in New Hampshire and Iowa are mostly white
The vice president now loses to Senator Bernie Sanders in two national surveys and he is in fourth place in New Hampshire, according to the average of Real Clear Politics surveys.
The announcement that Biden would skip his planned event in Nashua, New Hampshire came a few minutes after the release of another national poll showing that Senator Bernie Sanders had advanced and is now leading the Democratic platoon with 10 points.
Biden, on the other hand, is in second place with its support practically cut in half. Last month, before his fourth place in the Iowa caucuses, he received support from 30 percent of Democrats and democratically leaning independents, according to the Monmouth University Poll.
He had held 16 percent on Tuesday.
Sanders, who probably wins the Granite State primary – because he has surpassed every poll, except one being held this month and benefiting from neighbor status – is now 10 points nationally ahead of the former vice president.
He has 26 percent support, according to the Monmouth study.
Last month Sanders was 23% of the party.
Former mayor of South Bend Pete Buttigieg got a big hump from Iowa – where he won the caucuses by the traditional delegated measure, while Sanders faltered the popular vote.
In January Buttigieg was at 6 percent nationwide, now he is at 13 percent.
Even before his decision to leave the state on the primary night, Biden played down the importance of New Hampshire.
The Really clear political polling average has bound him for fourth place with senator Elizabeth Warren, with Sanders, Buttigieg and senator Amy Klobuchar taking the top three places.
He has suggested that he is likely to be hit not only by Sanders, but also by Warren, who, like Sanders, represents a neighboring state.
“You’re always behind the eighth ball when you run in New Hampshire and you have two people from neighboring states,” he said on CBS Monday, “This morning.”
And he argued that Iowa and New Hampshire do not matter so much, because state voters do not represent the racial composition of the Democratic party.
“Nothing will happen until we are in a place and country where there is much more diversity,” said Biden, alluding to South Carolina – where he is on his way to the primary night of New Hampshire – and Nevada, the state that subsequently the cause is.
Biden’s deputy campaign leader Kate Bedingfield told reporters during a breakfast in Bloomberg News Monday morning that she didn’t think bad finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire would affect Biden’s chances of black voters in South Carolina.
“It goes back to the long relationship he has with the African-American community,” she explained.
But a national poll from Quinnipiac on Monday – the first ever Sanders to show nationally for Biden – also showed a hollowing out of support for Biden among black voters.
In December Biden was the choice of 51 percent of black voters, by February the number dropped to 27 percent.