18 minutes | Feb 24th 2020

Biden maintains slim lead in South Carolina as primary nears

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(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- With the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary just days away, Joe Biden continues to maintain a narrow lead in the state, according to data from the latest Winthrop University Poll. The poll, released Feb. 21, found 24 percent of likely voters said they support the former vice president, while 19 percent said they favored U.S. Sen. (Vermont) Bernie Sanders. "Overall (it's) bad news for Biden," said Dr. Scott Huffmon, director of the Winthrop Poll and a professor of political science. "For him only being ahead by single digits. Now he is ahead by double digits among African American voters, so that's his saving grace at the moment, but he is still far, far weaker than he should be." Rounding out the field, billionaire businessman Tom Steyer garnered 15 percent, former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg 7 percent and U.S. Sen. (Mass.) Elizabeth Warren 6 percent. The remaining two candidates each drew less than 5 percent of support.
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