Poll: Biden holds slight lead with black voters over Harris, statistically tied with white voters

Poll: Biden holds slight lead with black voters over Harris, statistically tied with white voters
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Biden clarifies comments comparing African American and Latino communities Kanye West may have missed deadline to get on Wisconsin ballot by minutes: report MORE has a slim lead against Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden VP race is highly fluid days before expected pick Harris, Ocasio-Cortez push climate equity bill with Green New Deal roots Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic MORE (D-Calif.) with black Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters and is statistically tied with white voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday. 

While 31 percent of black Democrats and Democratic-leaning respondents support Biden, 27 percent support Harris in the 2020 presidential primary. Biden holds a 21 percent to 20 percent lead over Harris among white voters. Both margins fall within the poll’s margin of error.

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But both white and black voters believe by double digit margins that Biden has a better chance of defeating President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test MORE in the general election than Harris, who is of Indian and Jamaican descent.

The former vice president until recently coasted among African American voters, leading both Harris and Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSenate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package Ex-USAID employee apologizes, denies sending explosive tweets MORE (D-N.J.), the second of three black Democrats in the primary race, by healthy margins.

But he stumbled in recent days over comments praising his ability to work with segregationist senators during his time in Congress and his defense of his past stance on school busing. 

Harris slammed Biden at Thursday night’s primary debate over the remarks, saying his remarks about the segregationist senators were “hurtful.”

“On this subject, it cannot be an intellectual debate among Democrats, we have to take it seriously, we have to act swiftly,” she added before discussing busing. 

Harris’s overall support soared in the Quinnipiac poll to 20 percent from 7 percent last month, while Biden fell from 30 percent to 22 percent, suggesting the attacks made an impression among voters. 

Biden has sought to appeal to white working-class voters in the Rust Belt with his strong support for organized labor and is hoping to use his association with former President Obama to boost his support among black voters.

Harris expressed confidence after the debate that she would be able to gain black voters’ support as she continued to campaign across the country. 

“I’m still meeting a lot of people. Vice President Biden has obviously, I think, run for president three times, he was vice president for two terms under a very popular president, President Obama. So he’s well known, and I am still in the process of introducing my work and my plan to voters across the country, and I intend to work very hard to earn the vote and the support of everyone,” she said on CNN. 

The Quinnipiac poll surveyed 554 Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters from June 28-July 1 and has a margin of error of 5 percentage points.