Biden leads, Steyer pulls in second in South Carolina: poll

Biden leads, Steyer pulls in second in South Carolina: poll
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight Is Texas learning to love ObamaCare? Romney warns Trump: Don't interfere with coronavirus relief oversight MORE has a double digit lead over his presidential primary opponents in South Carolina, with Tom SteyerTom SteyerProgressive advocates propose T 'green stimulus' plan Candidates want data privacy rules, except for their own campaigns Budowsky: Biden should pull together a 'dream team of rivals' MORE leapfrogging top-tier candidates for the second place spot in the early voting state, according to a new poll. 

Biden has 36 percent support in South Carolina, a 21-point lead over Steyer, according to a Fox News poll released Thursday. 

Although Biden maintains a strong first place lead, his support dipped 5 points from an October Fox News poll in the state. 


Steyer jumped to second, at 15 percent, according to the poll. It’s an 11-point increase for the billionaire philanthropist since October and solidifies his place on next week’s debate stage along with a separate Fox News poll released the same day showing Steyer with 12 percent support in Nevada. 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal Oil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight MORE (I-Vt.) is in third in South Carolina, at 14 percent, closely trailed by Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill Democratic senators want probe into change of national stockpile description Democrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus MORE (D-Mass.) at 10 percent. Sanders's support increased by 4 points since October, whereas Warren’s support decreased by 2 points. 

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg launches new PAC to aid down-ballot candidates HuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Economists fear slow pace of testing will prolong recession MORE is a distant fifth at 4 percent support, based on the poll. 

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDemocrats urge administration to automatically issue coronavirus checks to more people Democrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus Politicians mourn the death of Bill Withers MORE (D-N.J.), entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangAndrew Yang: Calling coronavirus 'China virus' only used to incite 'hostility' Andrew Yang to launch issues-based podcast Majority of young Americans support universal basic income, public healthcare: poll MORE and former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergFormer Bloomberg staffer seeks class-action lawsuit over layoffs Bloomberg spent over 0M on presidential campaign The Hill's Campaign Report: Officials in spotlight over coronavirus response MORE are each at 2 percent, based on the poll. All other candidates are at one percent support or less. 

South Carolina Democrats will vote on Feb. 29. It is the first early voting state with a significant African American voting population. 


Biden is the leading candidate among black voters in the state, with 43 percent support, according to the poll. Steyer trails him at 16 percent support, Sanders at 12 percent and Warren at 6 percent. 

Buttigieg, who has struggled throughout the primary to gain support from African American voters, has 2 percent support from black voters in South Carolina, based on the poll. 

Booker also has 2 percent support among black voters in the state, based on the poll. 

The poll was conducted between Jan. 5 and Jan. 8. It surveyed 808 South Carolina Democratic primary voters. There is a 3.5 percentage point margin of error.