Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has endorsed Joe Biden's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination after the former president's victory in the South Carolina primary.
McAuliffe said Saturday on CNN that he had been considering the decision but wanted to see who "wins the heart of the African American community." A majority of South Carolina Democratic voters are black.
McAuliffe gives Biden another establishment Democratic endorsement. A former national party chairman and prodigious fundraiser, McAuliffe joins Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine in endorsing Biden ahead of their state's Super Tuesday primary next week.
Dorothy McAuliffe, Terry's wife, already had endorsed and campaigned for Biden.
The Biden campaign hopes that the slew of high-profile endorsers provides some counter to billionaire Mike Bloomberg's advertising deluge that Biden cannot compete with. Bloomberg's central case has been that Biden is too weak to win the nomination and defeat President Donald Trump in November.
President Donald Trump is weighing in on Democratic rival Joe Biden's primary win in South Carolina, saying it should mark the end of Mike Bloomberg's presidential campaign.
Trump tweeted shortly after Biden was declared the winner of the first-in-the-South primary Saturday. The president said that Biden's win "should be the end" of Bloomberg's "Joke of a campaign."
The billionaire Bloomberg wasn't on the ballot in South Carolina. He skipped the first four nominating states to focus on "Super Tuesday" instead, when 14 states and American Samoa vote next week.
Trump is keenly focused on the Democratic nomination fight, and he mentions the race often, including earlier Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where he predicted that Biden would have a "very big win today.
Bernie Sanders' supporters gathering for a rally in Virginia offered scattered boos as Joe Biden was announced as the winner of the South Carolina primary.
Much of the crowd was still arriving for a rally set to begin at 8 p.m. ET at a gymnasium at Virginia Wesleyan University when a projection screen tuned to CNN showed the former vice president predicted to win South Carolina.
It's Biden's first primary win in the 2020 election season, with Sanders garnering the most votes in the first three contests.
Some Sanders supporters who had counted down the final seconds before polls closed began booing at the results, though that faded shortly.
Shara Iglesias, a 25-year-old junior studying education at nearby Norfolk State University said she thinks Sanders, a Vermont senator, will win Virginia, which votes in three days on "Super Tuesday."
Iglesias said, "I think he's going to do a lot better here."
Former Vice President Joe Biden is thanking South Carolina voters after his victory in the state's Democratic presidential primary.
Biden tweeted Saturday night shortly after the polls closed: "Thank you, South Carolina!" He says, "To all those who have been knocked down, counted out, and left behind -- this is your campaign."
Biden's South Carolina watch party erupted when The Associated Press and television networks called the state's primary for him.
The Columbia scene, with more than a thousand supporters filling the University of South Carolina's volleyball gymnasium, was quite different compared to that in Iowa and New Hampshire just weeks ago.
Biden's Iowa crowd was late arriving and obviously relieved when a meltdown of the caucus count spared Biden having to acknowledge his fourth-place finish. In New Hampshire, Biden wasn't even there for his fifth-place finish, having bailed on the state to speak in South Carolina.
Biden finished his tweet by saying, "Together, we will win this nomination and beat Donald Trump."
By STEVE PEOPLES, MEG KINNARD and BILL BARROW
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Joe Biden has scored a resounding victory in South Carolina's Democratic primary.
The former vice president rode a wave of African American support to a Saturday win that ended Bernie Sanders' winning streak and offered badly needed momentum for Biden's unsettled White House bid.
The top finish came in a do-or-die election that followed three underwhelming performances. South Carolina's first-in-the-South primary, which marked the first major test of the candidates' appeal among black voters.
Next comes "Super Tuesday" when Democrats in 14 states go to the polls next week. Biden hopes he's now got momentum for those contests.