Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE reportedly sought to reassure supporters Wednesday after his performance trailing several candidates in the first two nominating states.
“I’ll be damned if we’re gonna lose this nomination, particularly if we’re gonna lose this nomination and end up losing an election to Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE,” Biden said in a roughly 13-minute call to supporters, Politico reported Wednesday.
Biden reportedly said the field is “still wide open” and that he is “confident” he can win in South Carolina and Nevada, the next two states to hold primaries and caucuses.
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“The point is that, I want you to know that things haven’t changed in terms of responses we’re getting, in terms of whether it’s contributions online or whether it’s endorsements since both of those primaries have taken place,” he said, adding that he raised more than $4 million online in the first 11 days of this month.
He also said he raised $453,000 online on Tuesday, the day of the New Hampshire primary, according to Politico.
“So my point is that we’ve not seen any diminution in the energy or in endorsements,” he said.
On the call, he also reportedly said it will be “fairly hard” for candidates like former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-Minn.) to “go South.”
Both Buttigieg and Klobuchar performed better than Biden in New Hampshire, as did Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) who won the first-in-the-state primary.
Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) also had a narrow lead over Biden, pushing the former vice president into fifth place, but neither Warren nor Biden received delegates from New Hampshire.
Biden is now pushing South Carolina, the first primary state with a significant black population, as a strong point for his campaign. A RealClearPolitics average of polls shows Biden leading in the state with 31 percent, followed by businessman Tom SteyerTom SteyerBloomberg wages war on COVID-19, but will he abandon his war on coal? Overnight Energy: 600K clean energy jobs lost during pandemic, report finds | Democrats target diseases spread by wildlife | Energy Dept. to buy 1M barrels of oil Ocasio-Cortez, Schiff team up to boost youth voter turnout MORE at 18.5 percent and Sanders at 17 percent.
A spokesperson for Biden’s campaign was not immediately available for comment.