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Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. was once a clear front-runner in the race for the Democratic nomination. Now, he is fighting back from a string of losses and staking his candidacy on his ability to win tomorrow’s South Carolina primary, the first in a state with a large black population. But will he win, and if the margin isn’t as decisive as he hopes, can he stay in the race?

On today’s episode:

  • Astead W. Herndon, who covers national politics for The New York Times.

  • Clare Toeniskoetter and Annie Brown, producers on “The Daily.”

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Astead W. Herndon contributed reporting.

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