U.S. Congressman Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., holds a cell phone as President Joe Biden calls Saturday evening to tell the crowd “thanks” for the win. (Photos by Jada Kirkland/Carolina News and Reporter) 

Voters gathered in the state’s capital Saturday to celebrate a historic day as the polls closed for the Palmetto State’s Democratic presidential primary.

South Carolina Democratic voters had their vote heard first on the nation’s primary calendar for the first time. The state party hosted a celebration afterward at the S.C. Fairgrounds in Columbia.  

Nearly a hundred Democrats came to the celebration to watch the returns come in and listen to remarks from Democratic National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison, who’s from South Carolina; state party chair Christale Spain; and U.S. Congressman Jim Clyburn of South Carolina.

The crowd erupted with  cheers and applause as Harrison announced President Joe Biden’s dominating win. Biden had 96% of the approximately 131,000 voters who turned out.

Clyburn then called Biden, who thanked S.C. voters over the phone as they cheered to congratulate him. 

Voters and Democratic Party officials gather at the S.C. Fairgrounds on Saturday evening to celebrate the primary’s end. 

The crowd watches MSNBC as county-by-county results come in. 

Signs line a building entrance at the S.C. Fairgrounds


Jocelyn Dussault

Jocelyn Dussault

Dussault is a senior journalism major at USC. She spent four months in Barcelona, Spain studying Media and Conflicts in Europe. All of her work is dedicated to her mother, Mary Dussault, who suffers from multiple sclerosis and is the reason she is becoming a journalist.

Jada Kirkland

Jada Kirkland

Kirkland is a senior broadcast journalism major with a minor in African-American studies. She has interned at WIS-TV in Columbia and with S.C. Public Radio, producing feature stories and writing for newscasts. She is a student in this semester’s special projects photojournalism class.

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