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 BidenSunday shows preview: US reaffirms support for Ukraine amid threat of Russian invasion The Fed has a clear mandate to mitigate climate risks Biden says Roe v. Wade under attack like 'never before' MORE has a double digit lead over his presidential primary opponents in South Carolina, with Tom SteyerTom SteyerYouth voting organization launches M registration effort in key battlegrounds Overnight Energy: 'Eye of fire,' Exxon lobbyist's comments fuel renewed attacks on oil industry | Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline | More than 75 companies ask Congress to pass clean electricity standard Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline 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. 

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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 SandersSunday shows preview: US reaffirms support for Ukraine amid threat of Russian invasion Filibuster becomes new litmus test for Democrats Gallego says he's been approached about challenging Sinema MORE (I-Vt.) is in third in South Carolina, at 14 percent, closely trailed by Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenArizona Democratic Party executive board censures Sinema Democrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Biden stiff arms progressives on the Postal Service 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 ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks, Senate balks Airlines suspend US flights in response to 5G deployment AT&T, Verizon to delay 5G rollout near certain airports MORE is a distant fifth at 4 percent support, based on the poll. 

Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerDemocrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Bass raises nearly million since launching LA mayor campaign CNN legal analyst knocks GOP senator over remark on Biden nominee MORE (D-N.J.), entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangBottom line American elections are getting less predictable; there's a reason for that Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run MORE and former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergBiden's Jan. 6 speech was a missed opportunity to unite the nation Democrats must face the reality of their Latino voter problem Invest in kids and families now so that someday I'll be out of a job 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.