Biden wins South Carolina's Democratic Party primary

US President Joe Biden easily won South Carolina's primary on Saturday, setting him on track to secure the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.

With almost all ballots counted in the party's first primary, Biden had 96.2 percent of the votes.

The Associated Press says he has the backing of the state's 55 delegates, who will take part in the party's national convention in August.

The party used to hold its first primary in Iowa and its second in New Hampshire, like the Republican Party.

Biden led the party's National Committee's decision to hold the first primary in South Carolina. The state has a higher proportion of Black voters than Iowa and New Hampshire, which are largely white.

In 2020, Biden came in fourth in Iowa and fifth in New Hampshire. He eventually secured the party's nomination after winning in South Carolina.

New Hampshire's Democrats rejected the national committee's plan and held a primary last month in which Biden won more than 60 percent of the votes. But the victory came with no delegates, as it did not follow the committee's decision.

So far Biden apparently has no strong competitor in his party. He is likely to keep winning state primaries and caucuses leading up to its convention, to cement his nomination.