Former Vice President Joe Biden has abruptly quit the state of New Hampshire before the primary results have even been read, after saying on Saturday that he was going to “campaign like hell” in the state on Saturday.
Biden is struggling against Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for fourth place in the second primary of the election cycle and has skipped out on his “victory” party in New Hampshire to focus on South Carolina.
As the results roll in, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is in the lead, trailed by former South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).
“We’re going to head to South Carolina tonight,” Biden told reporters on Tuesday morning. His campaign later confirmed that Biden is traveling to South Carolina and Nevada to focus on drumming up support for his failing campaign.
Biden once took the lead in New Hampshire but after a disastrous “gut-punch” in Iowa, Biden even admitted that things didn’t look good for him in New Hampshire. “I took a hit in Iowa and I’m probably going to take a hit here,” said Biden during Friday’s New Hampshire debate.
However, Biden told Fox News on Saturday, “I’m not writing off New Hampshire. I’m going to campaign like hell here in New Hampshire, as I’m going to do in Nevada, in South Carolina and beyond. Look, this is just getting going here. This is a marathon.”
Biden’s failure to perform in New Hampshire adds another devastating blow to Biden’s once-unstoppable campaign.