It’s too early to call South Carolina’s Democratic primary, NBC News projects

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US President Joe Biden delivers remarks about the US economy and his administration’s efforts to revive American manufacturing, during his visit at Flex LTD, a factory that makes solar microinverters, in West Columbia, South Carolina, July 6, 2023.

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It’s too early to call Saturday’s South Carolina Democratic primary an NBC News project. Polls across the state closed at 7:00 PM ET.

President Joe Biden is competing there against Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minnesota, and self-help author and 2020 Democratic nominee Marianne Williamson.

The state will award 55 delegates to Democrats. The party’s primary candidates need a total of 1,968 delegates nationwide to secure the party’s nomination.

South Carolina holds open primaries, meaning that any registered voter in the state is allowed to vote in either party’s primary.

The Republican Party presidential primaries are scheduled to be held on February 24, in which former state governor Nikki Haley will compete with former President Donald Trump.

Once the final turnout data is calculated from Saturday, voters who did not vote in the Democratic primary will be eligible to vote in the GOP primary.

Historically, New Hampshire held its first Democratic primary. But the Democratic National Committee changed the order at the direction of Biden, who lost the New Hampshire primary in 2020.

the DNC He argued that South Carolina’s demographic diversity was more representative of the Democratic Party than New Hampshire’s, which would make the state a more accurate reflection of the health of the election campaign.

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This article originally appeared on www.cnbc.com

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