Trump surveys South Carolina supporters on preferred Democratic opponent

Trump surveys South Carolina supporters on preferred Democratic opponent
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Coronavirus hits defense contractor jobs Wake up America, your country doesn't value your life MORE on Friday polled a crowd of supporters ahead of the South Carolina primary to gauge who they believed would be an easier opponent in November. 

The president sought to take advantage of the state's open primary, which allows voters to cast a ballot without registering with a party.

"Are we allowed to tell them who we would like them to vote for?" Trump asked supporters during a rally in North Charleston, seeking his supporters' opinion on who "the best candidate for us" would be.

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Trump used the premise to swipe at several Democratic presidential hopefuls. He said he would not include billionaire 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, chiding him as a "loser," or 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 or 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.) because he felt they stood little chance of winning the nomination.

"She’s not dumb, but she’s just so damn mean," Trump said of Warren.

Trump then had supporters applaud for either Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Poll: Trump, Biden in dead heat in 2020 matchup Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers, state governors talk coronavirus, stimulus package and resources as pandemic rages on MORE (I-Vt.) or former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Poll: Trump, Biden in dead heat in 2020 matchup Coronavirus pushes GOP's Biden-Burisma probe to back burner MORE based on which one they felt would be an easier general election opponent. After two surveys of the crowd, Trump determined the crowd felt Sanders was the choice. 

A Fox News poll released Thursday showed Sanders leading Trump by 7 percentage points in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup, and Biden leading the president by 8 points.

Sanders has established himself as the front-runner in the primary, having won the New Hampshire primary and Nevada caucuses and finishing a close second in Iowa. But Biden has led most polls in South Carolina ahead of Saturday's primary, thanks largely to the strength of his support among African American voters.

All of the Democrats will be competing on Super Tuesday next week, when more than a dozen states hold voting in the Democratic race. More than a third of all delegates up for grabs in the nominating contest are at stake next week.