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Poll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field by 31 points in South Carolina

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE holds a sizable lead over the 2020 Democratic presidential field in a key primary state, according to a new Post and Courier-Change Research Poll

The survey, which was released on Sunday, found that 46 percent of likely Democratic voters in South Carolina, home to the nation's third primary, favor Biden over the rest of the Democratic field. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks What's behind the divisions over Biden's secretary of Labor? Young voters set turnout record, aiding Biden win MORE (I-Vt.) is a distant second, with 15 percent of respondents saying they'd support him. 

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Meanwhile, 10 percent of likely South Carolina Democratic primary voters said they'd favor Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisWomen set to take key roles in Biden administration Trump campaign appeals dismissal of Pennsylvania election challenge Pressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win MORE (D-Calif.).

The Post and Courier noted that Harris and Sanders' support has remained steady in the state since February. Biden, on the other hand, has experienced a surge in support since officially launching his presidential campaign in late April. 

“He’s always been popular in South Carolina and always maintained good relationships here, so people were really excited about him getting in,” Kenneth Glover, chairman of the Orangeburg County Democratic Party, told The Post and Courier.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg: Denying Biden intelligence briefings is about protecting Trump's 'ego' Biden's win is not a policy mandate — he should govern accordingly Pavlich: Hollow calls for unity MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks What's behind the divisions over Biden's secretary of Labor? Alito to far-right litigants: The buffet is open MORE (D-Mass.) each earned support from eight percent of respondents. Four percent of likely primary voters said they'd support Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerSenate Democrats reelect Schumer as leader by acclamation  Hill associations push for more diversity in lawmakers' staffs Sanders celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'Thank God democracy won out' MORE (D-N.J.), while two percent said they'd favor former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeMexico emerging as foreign policy challenge for Biden Beyoncé sports pro-Biden mask on Instagram Harris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden MORE (D-Texas). 

The support for O'Rourke represented a seven-point slide from the previous month, according to the newspaper. 

Polls have increasingly shown that Biden and Sanders are the early favorites among the field of candidates vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination and recent surveys have shown Biden with a substantial lead over Sanders. 

A Morning Consult poll released last week found Biden had a 21-point lead over Sanders nationwide. 

The Post and Courier-Change Research Poll was conducted between May 6 and May 9 among a population of 595 likely South Carolina primary voters. The margin of error is four percent.