A connected South Carolina source shares something that I’ve had my suspiscions about for some time — that Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) is making some inroads in the state. Yes, Biden is hardly a fresh face (he’s already spent over half his life in the Senate) and yes he can be, ahhh, garrulous. But he also knows how to give a humdinger of a speech and has a powerful personal touch. Biden’s spent a lot of time in the Palmetto State and has a key ambassador there in ex-Sen. Fritz Hollings. Evidently it’s paying off. My tipster says that the Delawarean has secured the quiet support of some of the most influential members of the SC legislature’s black caucus. There is, however, a caveat — and it’s one that says much about the state of the ‘08 race on the Dem side.
Per my source, all bets are off regarding this support for Biden if Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) gets in. Keep in mind that African-American turnout usually comprises about half of total turnout in SC Dem primaries. Should Obama get in the race, that number could grow even higher.