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 BidenHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Warren offers plan to repeal 1994 crime law authored by Biden Panel: Jill Biden's campaign message MORE tops the field of Democratic presidential candidates in South Carolina, carrying a double-digit lead over his closest rival, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Warren offers plan to repeal 1994 crime law authored by Biden Panel: Jill Biden's campaign message 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 SandersHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' The exhaustion of Democrats' anti-Trump delusions Warren offers plan to repeal 1994 crime law authored by Biden MORE (I-Vt.), meanwhile, is statistically tied with Warren, taking 16 percent in the poll. Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Warren offers plan to repeal 1994 crime law authored by Biden Sanders leads Democratic field in Colorado poll MORE (D-Calif.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSanders leads Democratic field in Colorado poll Poll: Trump trails three Democrats by 10 points in Colorado Castro qualifies for next Democratic primary debates MORE round out the top five with 12 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerCastro qualifies for next Democratic primary debates Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report MORE (D-N.J.) and Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardCastro qualifies for next Democratic primary debates Native American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment The US can't seem to live without Afghanistan 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.