Dean Phillips in Third

SC Democratic primary numbers are in.

Via the NYT:

When you can’t even beat Marianne Williamson, maybe it’s time to admit the depths of just how quixotic your campaign actually is.

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  1. CSK says:

    I wonder if some people confused him with Howard Dean?

  2. DK says:

    Wednesday, 31 January 2024 at 12:34

    Saturday’s SC Dem primary will be interesting, not in that Biden will “win” but how many vote for Phillips, if only to send a message.

    With 97% of votes counted:

    Joseph R. Biden: 96.2%
    Marianne Williamson: 2.1%
    Dean Phillips: 1.7%

    Williamson suspended her campaign already, on Jan 10.

    Pray, what’s the message being sent here? Hahaha.

  3. JKB says:


    Biden is the Democrat candidate all the way. But he also might not make it to November given his age. Phillips wouldn’t be the hand picked successor at the convention but he could make Democrats wonder about what choice they have in their party.

    Some have said similar of Nikki Haley, she’s hanging on in hopes Trump is taken out by lawfare or otherwise.

  4. al Ameda says:


    Phillips wouldn’t be the hand picked successor at the convention but he could make Democrats wonder about what choice they have in their party.

    Well, in South Carolina it appears that 3.8% of Democratic voters wondered about what choice they have in their Party.

    The last time Democrats wondered/agonized over ‘what choice’ they had, enough of them in key swing states decided to vote for Jill Stein and … you know the rest of the story. Three (3) Supreme Court Justices later I’m guessing that pmaybe now in retrospect they see that Hillary was right about those ‘deplorables’ and that there was a difference between her and a proto-fascist like Donald Trump. Or maybe not.

  5. EddieInCA says:

    Watched Phillips this morning on either NBC or MSNBC. Michael Steele really let him have it. I’m shocked (still) at how good some politicians are at deflecting. Phillips was non-repentant, and still spouting bullshit. This is the exact type of person who the Dems should primary.

    He’s another uber-wealthy, entitled, arrogant, self-important douchebag.


  6. Tony W says:

    @DK: And in New Hampshire, more than 45% of Republican voters turned out to vote against Donald Trump as their nominee. In Iowa, 49% voted against him. Particularly in Iowa, those are people who know Trump is likely the nominee but braved a winter storm to go caucus against him.

    Additionally, there are zero delegates, currently, opposed to Biden for the 2024 convention, and approximately 1/3 of the delegates oppose Trump.

    @JKB must have received the latest projection talking points from his/her/their media bubble.


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