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 BidenButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses GOP eager for report on alleged FBI surveillance abuse Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California 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 SandersButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California On The Money: Trump appeals to Supreme Court to keep tax returns from NY prosecutors | Pelosi says deal on new NAFTA 'imminent' | Mnuchin downplays shutdown threat | Trump hits Fed after Walmart boasts strong earnings MORE (I-Vt.) came in second, with 14 percent support, while Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Overnight Health Care: Cigarette smoking rates at new low | Spread of vaping illness slowing | Dems in Congress push to block Trump abortion rule Democratic senators introduce bill to push ICE to stop 'overuse' of solitary confinement MORE (D-Calif.) followed close behind, at 12 percent. 

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Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Following school shooting, Biden speaks out: 'We have to protect these kids' MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDemocratic senators introduce bill to push ICE to stop 'overuse' of solitary confinement Krystal Ball: Patrick's 2020 bid is particularly 'troublesome' for Warren 2020 Democrats demand action on guns after Santa Clarita shooting 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.