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Joe Biden Leads Big in S.C., Followed by Sanders, Harris, O’Rourke, Booker

Accusations of inappropriate touching did not appear to curtail support for Biden in the Palmetto State.

By NTK Staff | 04.08.2019 @9:16am
Joe Biden Leads Big in S.C., Followed by Sanders, Harris, O’Rourke, Booker

Former Vice President Joe Biden continues to hold a strong lead in South Carolina, according to a new poll released by the Charleston Post and Courier. The poll showed Biden leading the Democratic presidential primary field with 32 percent, more than double the second-place finisher, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who earned 14 percent.

The poll was conducted March 31 – April 4 in the midst of several women coming forward and accusing Biden of everything from inappropriate touching to sexual misconduct. The poll appeared to indicate that those stories did not particularly concern South Carolina Democrats, though Biden’s level of support did drop 4 percentage points since February.

The remainder of the candidates were largely clustered together in the single digits:

Bunched up after Sanders are U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California (10 percent) along with former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey (both at 9 percent).

[Georgia’s Stacey] Abrams and [South Bend Mayor Pete] Buttigieg, who were non-factors in the February poll, showed up behind the leaders at 7 percent each just ahead of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts at 6 percent.

The rest of the candidates, including Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) received 1 percent or less, per the Post and Courier.

Like Biden, Abrams has not yet declared if she intends to run for president in 2020 or another office. One of Georgia’s Senate seats is up for grabs next year as well.

She received 12 percent of support from black voters — slightly more than Harris and just less than Booker.

Two out of three S.C. voters said they knew “a lot” or “a decent” amount about Abrams — roughly the same findings for O’Rourke, Harris and Booker. And Abrams had higher favorable ratings in South Carolina than O’Rourke, Booker and Warren, and she tied Sanders. Only Biden and Harris top her.

If Biden does not enter the race, Sanders would lead the field with 24 percent, followed by O’Rourke with 16 percent, Harris at 15 percent, and Booker and Buttigieg tied at 12 percent. In that scenario, Warren earns 11 percent and all other candidates would receive 2 percent or less.

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