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With Biden leading in South Carolina, candidates spread to Super Tuesday states

2020 Democrats are making their final appeals to South Carolina voters before the primary stakes rise even higher on Super Tuesday. The latest polls from the Palmetto State show former Vice President Joe Biden with a substantial lead, followed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Tom Steyer. But some candidates are focused on Tuesday’s much larger delegate prize. Lisa Desjardins reports.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    Now we turn to the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

    Our Lisa Desjardins is in South Carolina, and reports on the push to win over voters there before the stakes climb on Super Tuesday.

  • Lisa Desjardins:

    The Democratic march toward a nominee is now a multistate sprint, starting in South Carolina, which votes Saturday, and where billionaire businessman Tom Steyer today focused on rural votes.

  • Tom Steyer:

    Honestly, this whole state couldn't have been nicer.

  • Lisa Desjardins:

    A new Monmouth University poll shows Steyer virtually tied for second place in the state with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the state, but both are well behind former Vice President Joe Biden.

    Tatanshia Palmer told me why it's Steyer for her.

  • Tatanshia Palmer:

    I think that Tom, with his economic policies, I feel like that he could actually grow this community.

  • Lisa Desjardins:

    Also storming the Palmetto State today, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

  • Crowd:

    Let's go Joe!

  • Lisa Desjardins:

    But Biden is seen as the leader here, stressing his health care vision as an extension of President Obama's.

  • Former Vice President Joseph Biden:

    I'm not suggesting we start from scratch or something new. I'm running to protect it and to build on it.

  • Lisa Desjardins:

    Last night, at a CNN town hall in Charleston, Senator Elizabeth Warren said she's ready to fight all the way to the convention, even if someone else has more delegates.

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.:

    As long as they want me to stay in this race, I'm staying in this race. That, and I have done a lot of pinkie promises out there, so I got to stay in this. I have told little girls, we persist.

    (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

  • Lisa Desjardins:

    Otherwise, though, the pack is spending more time on the 14 states that vote on Super Tuesday, like North Carolina, where Sanders made a get-out-the-vote pitch to his strongest supporters, the young.

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.:

    On Tuesday, Super Tuesday, you are going to be voting here in North Carolina.

    I'm here today to ask not only for your support, but to ask you to bring out your friends, and your family and your co-workers.

    (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders:

    I'm asking you to help create the largest voter turnout in the history of the North Carolina primary.

    (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

  • Lisa Desjardins:

    And 1,000 miles away in the Super Tuesday state of Texas, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is fighting the Sanders' hold.

  • Michael Bloomberg:

    If you want somebody who has the resources to beat Trump, that's me.

    (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

  • Lisa Desjardins:

    Indeed, Bloomberg voter Rodney Shipp told "NewsHour" he thinks Sanders' ideas are unrealistic.

  • Rodney Shipp:

    I get that, when Bernie comes and says all these things that he's going to do, get rid of college debt, and free health care, and free college, and I don't know if all that is practical.

  • Lisa Desjardins:

    Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar held events in both North and South Carolina Thursday, including a voting rights roundtable in Greensboro.

  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.:

    We should be making it easier to vote. We should have national reforms.

  • Lisa Desjardins:

    Time is getting sort, and the candidates still are many.

    For the "PBS NewsHour," I'm Lisa Desjardins in South Carolina.

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