(CNN)The South Carolina primary is in the books.
Former Vice President Joe Biden got the win he so badly needed, with just days left before primary goes nationwide — starting with Super Tuesday, when 14 states and American Samoa are set to cast ballots.
Joe Biden: The former vice president would have taken any sort of win after finishing fourth, fifth and second in the first three votes. That he won with such a HUGE margin — almost 30 points over Bernie Sanders — should provide him with at least some sort of bounce heading into Super Tuesday. And Biden’s dominating performance among black voters in South Carolina (he won more than 6 in 10) should bode very well for his chances in southern states likes Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina and Virginia, which have substantial black populations and are set to vote on Tuesday. Biden still isn’t the clear alternative to Sanders in this race, but he took the first necessary step to being that person on Saturday.
Jim Clyburn: Almost half of South Carolina voters said that the endorsement of the longtime African American congressman was either a critical or one of several key factors in their decision. That is a VERY big deal — and a sign that there are still some endorsements that actually matter. Clyburn also made clear on Saturday — before the vote was final — that even though he had endorsed Biden, he didn’t think things were hunky dory in the campaign. “I think we will have to sit down and get serious about how we retool this campaign, how we retool the fundraising, how we do the GOTV, and at that point in time many of us around the country will be able to join with him and help him get it right,” Clyburn said of Biden.
Contested convention lovers: Biden’s sweeping victory in South Carolina creates the possibility that you could have at least three candidates — Biden, Sanders and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg — in this race for the long haul. And that raises the likelihood that no candidate secures the 1,991 delegates needed to secure the nomination on the first ballot at the Democratic convention. If that happens, it would be the first time a Democratic presidential nomination went beyond first ballot since 1952. (Adlai Stevenson won on the third ballot in that race.)
Bakari Sellers: Way back on February 3 — after it was clear that Biden was going to finished outside of the Top 3 in Iowa — Sellers, the 2014 South Carolina Democratic lieutenant governor nominee and current CNN contributor, predicted that the former vice president would still win the Palmetto State primary in 26 days’ time, easily. I scoffed, citing momentum and all that. Bakari was right. I was wrong.
Michael Bloomberg: The entire raison d’etre of Bloomberg’s candidacy is that Biden isn’t strong enough to win the Democratic nomination and that Sanders can’t beat President Donald Trump. The first part of that theory took a major hit Saturday, as Biden’s win — and the size of it — seem likely to help his positioning on Super Tuesday. Bloomberg has to hope that his sustained advertising efforts in places like California, Texas and North Carolina can withstand what you presume to be a burst of momentum behind Biden. Because of his immense personal wealth, Bloomberg can stay in the race as long as he wants. The question is whether after Super Tuesday