Joe Biden still has a 20 point lead in South Carolina, but Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg have moved into second and third as Bernie Sanders has fallen to fourth.
Warren and Buttigieg Move Into The Top Tier In South Carolina
According to a new Post and Courier-Change Research Poll, “Former Vice President Joe Biden holds a commanding 20-point lead in the 2020 South Carolina Democratic presidential primary, but his post-announcement advantage is shrinking — and he has a surprising new set of top challengers. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg have emerged as the next two choices after Biden in the early voting state, according to a new Post and Courier-Change Research Poll of likely Democratic primary voters released Sunday. They supplanted Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and California Sen. Kamala Harris, who have been trending down in recent national polls. Sanders took a big hit over previous S.C. polls falling from second to fourth. Harris’ numbers have not changed dramatically. Instead, others have leapfrogged the race’s leading African American candidate.”
Warren’s rise is not a surprise. She has the biggest grassroots organization in South Carolina, outside of Joe Biden. Sen. Warren has been organizing South Carolina for years and her efforts are paying off. Pete Buttigieg is in an interesting phase. His national numbers, which one should keep in mind are virtually meaningless, have cooled, but his early state numbers are rising.
Biden Maintains a Commanding Lead In South Carolina
Joe Biden leads Elizabeth Warren 37%-17%. Pete Buttigieg is in third at 11%. Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders follow him in fourth at 9%. Cory Booker is fifth at 5% with Beto O’Rourke at 4%, and Andrew Yang at 3%.
It is going to be difficult for any of the other candidates to catch Biden in South Carolina, but finishing over 15% is important for picking up delegates. Currently, on Biden and Warren would pick up delegates in the South Carolina primary. Bernie Sanders is fading fast, as Warren has passed him in multiple polls.
The Democratic primary is coming to life. Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg are looking like the top challengers to Joe Biden.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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