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Biden Slinks Out Of New Hampshire Before Results Are Announced

Joe Biden leaves NH
In a move reminiscent of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Election Night disappearing act, former Vice President Joe Biden went slinking out of New Hampshire in advance of the release of the Granite State’s Democratic Party Primary returns.

CNN reported the former vice president's abrupt change of plans came as his campaign scrambles to keep his base of African-American support in South Carolina from crumbling under the weight of a fourth-place finish in Iowa’s chaotic caucuses and his humiliating fifth place finish in New Hampshire’s first in the nation primary.

CNN's Eric Bradner and Sarah Mucha reported Biden's campaign and his allies are urgently attempting to convince Democrats not to write the former vice president off until states with more of the African-American and Latino voters who are crucial to the party's base have had a chance to cast ballots.

"The problem with the primary schedule is that you can build a momentum and have absolutely no diversity of support," said Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond, Biden's campaign co-chair. "And so, we just have to remind people that the two states that are diverse speak next and that will change the tide of momentum."

North Carolina Rep. Alma Adams, a Biden supporter whose state votes on Super Tuesday, said Iowa and New Hampshire are "not reflective of what I know will be strong support" for the former vice president in more diverse states.

"It doesn't look like our communities across the country. It doesn't look like the party at all," she said of the nominating contest so far.

There’s a certain amount of hilarity involved in Democrats, especially African American Democrats who support Biden, claiming that Iowa and New Hampshire are too white to nominate the old white guy, Joe Biden.

But Biden’s supporters among African American elected officials, such as Rep. Adams and Rep. Richmond, are right to be concerned, because what they see is a crumbling of the old Democratic Party’s plantation politics.

State Rep. Ivory Thigpen, a member of the Legislative Black Caucus who has endorsed Sanders, told ABC News that Sanders is the only candidate who has made genuine strides to foster substantive connections within South Carolina's black voters instead of relying on past support.

“The African American vote cannot be taken for granted," said Thigpen. “Just the idea that we are a firewall, that our vote is already cemented. ... I won't go so far as to say it's offensive, but I think it might be misconceived."

And the poll numbers seem to confirm Rep. Thigpen’s analysis.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday, and reported by Bradner and Mucha, showed that Biden remains the leader among black Democratic primary voters nationally -- but that his lead had shrunk from 49% in late January down to 27% just two weeks later.

And for the first time, others were right on his heels among black voters: Sanders was up to 19%. And Bloomberg -- fueled by hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising in Super Tuesday states and beyond -- had jumped to 22%.

“You can lose a pole position,” state Sen. Marlon Kimpson of Charleston said of Biden. “And I don’t think the results over the last week have been helpful.” And Biden’s gaffe a minute campaign and disingenuous abandonment of his past votes and policy positions isn’t helping him keep that crumbling edifice of the old Democratic Party plantation together.

Just as Donald Trump broke the stranglehold of Conservativism, Inc. and the vampires of the DC political class on the Republican Party, Bernie Sanders, AOC and the Squad are breaking-up the old Democratic Party structure, and if the trends hold, it’s looking more and more like when it crumbles, it’s going to come crashing down on Joe Biden in South Carolina.

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