Former Vice President Joe Biden badly flubbed his sales pitch in South Carolina.
Biden wrongly declared himself a candidate for the “Senate” and said if you don’t like him you can vote for the “other Biden” during his spiel at South Carolina Democratic Party's First in the South Dinner on Monday.
"You're the ones who sent Barack Obama the presidency. And I have a simple proposition here: I'm here to ask you for your help," Biden said. "Where I come from, you don't get far unless you ask. My name's Joe Biden. I'm a Democratic candidate for the United States Senate. Look me over. If you like what you see, help out. If not, vote for the other Biden. Give me a look, though, OK?"
To be clear, he is not running for the Senate, and there is only one Biden in the race.
Biden support slips in “firewall” state:
Biden bragged that South Carolina would be his firewall after disappointing finishes in the first three state contests. Over the weekend, he denied he ever said that as his poll numbers slid.
After leading the race by about 30% through much of the campaign, Biden now leads Bernie Sanders by just 5 points in the latest CBS News poll.
An NBC News/Marist poll also found him leading Sanders 27-23.
Biden still odds-on favorite to win:
Despite his slide, FiveThirtyEight gives Biden a 64% chance to win in South Carolina, compared to a 34% chance for Sanders.
But Sanders remains far and away the most likely candidate to win the nomination.
The FiveThirtyEight model gives Sanders a 46% chance of winning the majority of delegates and a 41% chance that no one will win enough delegates to clinch the nomination before the convention.
The model gives Biden just a 9% chance of winning a delegate majority while former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg gets a 3% chance.