SALEM, N.H. — Joe Biden effectively conceded the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, skipping the state before his scheduled primary night party to focus his attention on South Carolina, where he's leading in the polls.

That didn't stop his supporters from showing support and waving signs outside the Mary A. Fisk Elementary School voting location in Salem on Tuesday afternoon.

“He's got a lot on his plate. I think he understands where he stands in New Hampshire,” said Mike Loomis, a retired union electrician with Local 103 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

“I am just here standing by him because I think he is strong for organized labor and for the working people,” Loomis said.

Another Biden supporter with Local 103, Nick Gjika of Peabody, Massachusetts, said, “I don't think it makes a difference. I think he's got work to do and he knows what he has to do, so I trust his decision.”

The Associated Press reported Tuesday afternoon that with 1 percent of precincts reporting, Biden was trailing Andrew Yang in fifth place in the Granite State's primary.

But Biden is in the lead ahead of the South Carolina primary elections Feb. 29, according to a recent East Carolina University poll. 

And while a few of Biden's supporters were unfazed by the former vice president's decision to split, others – like Salem resident Richard DeSisto — say Biden should have stuck it out in New Hampshire for the sake of his integrity as a candidate and the presidential election, if in fact he wins.

“He should have stuck to his (laurels) and just ride it out in New Hampshire,” DeSisto said.

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