Poll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field in South Carolina by 21 points

Poll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field in South Carolina by 21 points
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden compares Trump to George Wallace Sanders unveils plan to guarantee the 'right to a secure retirement' CNN Democratic debate drawing finishes third in cable news ratings race MORE is maintaining a strong lead among the crowded Democratic presidential primary pack in South Carolina, according to a Fox News poll.

The survey, which was released on Thursday, put Biden at a 21-point lead in the Palmetto State, with 35 percent support among Democratic primary voters. 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGabbard arrives in Puerto Rico to 'show support' amid street protests Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall Sanders unveils plan to guarantee the 'right to a secure retirement' MORE (I-Vt.) came in second, with 14 percent support, while Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWhat to expect when Mueller testifies: Not much Biden compares Trump to George Wallace CNN Democratic debate drawing finishes third in cable news ratings race MORE (D-Calif.) followed close behind, at 12 percent. 

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Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJulián Castro is behind in the polls, but he's finding a niche Gabbard arrives in Puerto Rico to 'show support' amid street protests Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash MORE (D-N.J.) trailed at 5 percent and 3 percent, respectively. 

Biden also holds a large lead among South Carolina's black voters, who will likely play a crucial role in the state's primary next year. 

Forty-one percent of black voters said they support Biden, while 15 percent expressed their support for Sanders. 

Harris followed, at 12 percent among the voting group, while Booker garnered 4 percent support from black voters polled in the state. 

The poll can be viewed as welcome news for Biden, whose campaign has been grappling with attacks on his civil rights record. 

Harris and Biden went head-to-head last month on the second night of the first Democratic presidential debates when she confronted him on his past comments about working with segregationist senators and his record on busing.

The California senator experienced a bump in a number of polls after the confrontation. 

The Fox News poll was conducted from July 7 to 10, among 701 South Carolina Democratic primary voters. The poll's margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.