Joe Biden has a new wave of confidence after winning the South Carolina primary election Saturday, claiming he 'can hardly wait' to debate Donald Trump.
'It's a big boost,' Biden told Fox News Sunday of his first primary contest win. 'I think it starts the real comeback and we picked up a lot of delegates.'
Biden took a commanding jump in the primary contest after walking away from the South Carolina election with 33 more delegates after earning nearly 50 per cent of the vote in the first southern state to vote in the primary election.
'We have a long, long way to go. This is a marathon,' Biden conceded.
The win comes as the former vice president's campaign was facing trouble after he came in fourth place in the Iowa caucuses, fifth place in the New Hampshire primary and second place in the Nevada caucuses.
Joe Biden said Sunday that he's looking forward to debating Donald Trump in the general election campaign later this year
'I can hardly wait to debate him on stage,' Biden told Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace. 'I want people to see me standing next to him, and him standing next to me. We'll see who's sleepy'
Biden took a huge win in South Carolina, and Bernie Sanders came in a distant second place with 30 per cent less than the former vice president
Before South Carolina, Biden only held 11 delegates, and was in third place in total delegates behind frontrunner Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Biden has now jumped to second place in the total amount of delegates, holding 44 to Sanders' 54.
Buttigieg dropped to a distant third after the first two primary contest states, where he performed surprisingly well, earning first place in Iowa and second in New Hampshire.
Biden's campaign insisted throughout losses in the first three early primary contests that the candidate was holding out for South Carolina, where it said he would fare better because of his popularity among the black community.
One-third of the Democratic primary electorate in South Carolina is black, and