Biden tops Democratic field by 19 points in new South Carolina poll

Biden tops Democratic field by 19 points in new South Carolina poll
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFighting a virus with the wrong tools Trump bucks business on Defense Production Act Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — US coronavirus cases hit 100,000 | Trump signs T stimulus package | Trump employs defense powers to force GM to make ventilators | New concerns over virus testing MORE tops the field of Democratic presidential candidates in South Carolina, carrying a double-digit lead over his closest rival, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men MORE (D-Mass.), according to a new poll of Democratic voters in the Palmetto State.

The survey, from The Post and Courier newspaper in Charleston and Change Research, showed Biden registered 36 percent support among South Carolina Democratic voters polled. That’s more than twice the support for Warren, who came in at 17 percent.

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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Overnight Energy: Court upholds Trump repeal of Obama fracking rule | Oil price drop threatens fracking boom | EPA eases rules on gasoline sales amid coronavirus The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders pushes on in 2020 race MORE (I-Vt.), meanwhile, is statistically tied with Warren, taking 16 percent in the poll. Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men MORE (D-Calif.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegReuters poll finds Sanders cutting Biden national lead to single digits Biden says he'll adopt plans from Sanders, Warren Buttigieg guest-hosts for Jimmy Kimmel: 'I've got nothing else going on' MORE round out the top five with 12 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerLawmakers, labor leaders ramp up calls to use Defense Production Act Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men Amazon doubling overtime pay for warehouse workers MORE (D-N.J.) and Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi Gabbard20 House Dems call on Trump to issue two-week, nationwide shelter-in-place order The Hill's Morning Report — ,000,000,000,000: GOP unveils historic US rescue effort Gillibrand endorses Biden for president MORE (D-Hawaii) are the only other candidates to score more than 1 percent in the poll, notching 4 percent and 2 percent, respectively. 

The poll suggests that, despite recent gaffes and questions about his decades-long political record, Biden maintains outsize support in South Carolina, one of the most crucial early primary states, especially given that it’s the first in which black voters make up a majority of the Democratic electorate.

What’s more, Biden’s support remains virtually unchanged from the last Post and Courier/Change Research poll of South Carolina Democrats in June. That survey showed him with 37 percent support. He still carries a plurality of support among black voters — 45 percent — but that’s a 7-point drop from the previous survey.

Likewise, Warren’s support remained static between the two at 17 percent.

It was Sanders, however, that picked up the most support over the past two months, rising 7 points between June and August. Harris also gained some ground, ticking up from 9 percent to 12 percent over the two-month span.

Buttigieg, however, saw a dropoff in South Carolina. He fell from 11 points in June to 5 points in August, according to the poll.

The Post and Courier/Change Research poll surveyed 521 self-identified Democratic primary voters from Aug. 9-12. It has a margin of error 4.3 percentage points.