A new Fox News poll in South Carolina finds Joe Biden way ahead of the Democratic field with 35% support, followed by Bernie Sanders at 14%, Kamala Harris at 12%, Elizabeth Warren at 5%, Cory Booker at 3% and Pete Buttigieg at 2%.
A new Charleston Post and Courier-Change Research Poll in South Carolina finds Joe Biden leading the Democratic presidential race with 37%, followed by Elizabeth Warren at 17%, Pete Buttigieg at 11%, Kamala Harris at 9%, Bernie Sanders at 9%, Cory Booker at 5%, Beto O’Rourke at 4% and Andrew Yang at 3%.
No other candidate gets more than 1% support.
A new Crantfield Research poll in South Carolina asked for voters’ top three choices in the Democratic presidential race: 65% of respondents put Joe Biden in the top three — the only 2020 candidate selected by a majority of respondents — and 42% said Biden would be their first choice.
Sen. Kamala Harris was the second most common favorite, with 46% naming her in their top three and 10% calling her their top choice. Sen. Elizabeth Warren followed with 30% naming her to their top three and 8 percent making Warren their top choice. Sen. Bernie Sanders had 27% and 7%, respectively.
A new Charleston Post & Courier Poll in South Carolina finds Joe Biden is preferred by 46% of likely Democratic primary voters, up 14 points from a month ago.
Sen. Bernie Sanders sits second at 15%, followed by Sen. Kamala Harris at 10%, Pete Buttigieg at 8%, Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 8%, Cory Booker at 4% and Beto O’Rourke at 2%.
Key findings: “The latest poll shows Biden leads the field among men and women and in all regions of the state. He also is tops among black voters, who account for close to two-thirds of Democratic primary voters in South Carolina. His only weak spot is among younger voters ages 18-34.”
A new Change Research poll in South Carolina finds Joe Biden continues to hold a large lead in the Democratic presidential primary with 32%.
Biden is followed by Bernie Sanders at 14%, Kamala Harris at 10%, Cory Booker at 9%, Beto O’Rourke at 9%, Stacey Abrams at 7%, Pete Buttigieg at 7% and Elizabeth Warren at 6%.
Politico: “For Booker, the state presents an opportunity for an early show of strength next year with the Democratic Party’s most loyal bloc of voters. As one of the few African-American candidates likely to run, he’ll have a moment to break out of the crowded field after voting takes place in overwhelmingly white Iowa and New Hampshire.”
“For Sanders, it’s an opening to move beyond his dismal 2016 performance with black voters here, when he won only 26 percent of the total vote in the primary against Hillary Clinton and exposed a weakness that was repeated across the South.”
President Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, “is trying to use his influence to help a South Carolina business that could be badly wounded by the White House’s trade policies,” McClatchy reports.
“Mulvaney, a former South Carolina Republican congressman, has been making personal pleas to administration officials to protect the viability of Element Electronics, a television assembly plant in his old district that has said it will halt operations because of tariffs.”
“Archie Parnell (D), a Democratic congressional hopeful who earned national attention after nearly winning in deep red South Carolina last year, is resisting pleas to withdraw after his campaign staff discovered that he physically abused his ex-wife in the 1970s,” the Charleston Post & Courier reports.
“In October 1973, Archie Parnell, then a University of South Carolina student, was locked out of a friends’ apartment to protect Kathleen Parnell, who was staying there. At 2 a.m., Archie Parnell used a tire iron to break a glass door, the complaint said. He made more unspecified accusations to Kathleen Parnell before striking her several times. She said she was beaten again later that evening.”
“Eric Garcetti (D) insists he’s plenty busy just being mayor of Los Angeles right now,” the Charleston Post and Courier reports.
“But as he traversed early presidential primary state South Carolina this week, the 47-year-old California native was already testing a national-oriented stump speech.”
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson (R) “enlisted the help of a central figure in the Statehouse corruption probe in an attempt to sideline the case’s special prosecutor just as the investigation was about to zero in on Wilson’s close allies,” according to emails obtained by the Charleston Post and Courier.
“It’s a highly unusual move that legal observers say raises serious questions about the allegiances of the state’s chief law enforcement official and his willingness to meddle in matters in which he had already revealed a potential conflict.”
Charleston Post & Courier: “An investigation into corruption at the Statehouse has taken aim at South Carolina’s command-and-control center – a network of power brokers and lawmakers who, if the allegations are true, milked the system of hundreds of thousands of dollars by skirting the state’s loose ethic laws.”
“The probe… has the potential to challenge the state’s political power structure in ways even deeper than the Lost Trust sting in the 1990s. Though scandalous, the Lost Trust cases targeted lawmakers who could be bought with small amounts of money – lawmakers who held relatively little power in the General Assembly.”
“This one has targeted the state’s top players, most recently, the respected state Sen. John Courson. It involves dollar signs that make Lost Trust look like chump change.”
“Drawing overwhelming support from the African-American voters who deserted her here eight years ago, Hillary Clinton won her first resounding victory of the 2016 campaign in South Carolina on Saturday, delivering a blow to Sen. Bernie Sanders as their fight turns to the 11 states where Democrats vote on Tuesday,” the New York Times reports.
“After supporting Barack Obama in 2008, African-American voters, who will be the dominant force in the coming Southern primaries, turned out in droves for Mrs. Clinton here. They supported her over Mr. Sanders by more than 6-to-1, and white voters narrowly favored her as well, according to exit polling.”
“South Carolina is holding its Democratic primary today, but you wouldn’t know it just by listening to Bernie Sanders,” Politico reports.
“Jetting off to Austin from Columbia, S.C. this morning — before stops in Dallas and Rochester, Minnesota — Sanders made no reference to the state voting today during his early afternoon rally at a Formula One racetrack here.”
“The Democratic presidential contest has moved to South Carolina, where voters began casting their ballots Saturday in a primary that serves as two starkly different milestones for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders,” the Washington Post reports.
“Clinton is looking to her expected victory here to prove her strong support among African American voters — and to cement her status as the presumptive front-runner heading toward Super Tuesday three days later, when six of 11 Democratic contests will take place in Southern states with large populations of black voters.”
Politico: Clinton flips the script in South Carolina
Donald Trump has won the Republican primary in South Carolina.
New York Times: “Mr. Trump has benefited so far from a fractious group of candidates running against him. But the results in South Carolina may narrow that field to a small and tenacious handful, possibly opening the way for a concerted challenge to Mr. Trump next month in delegate-rich states like Texas, Virginia and Florida. Yet by capturing the first Southern primary immediately after winning New Hampshire in a landslide, Mr. Trump made clear that he would not be easy to stop.”
Politico: “Trump crushed the rest of the GOP field in South Carolina’s primary Saturday night, giving the real estate mogul major momentum and wounding the more experienced governors and senators who are struggling to keep pace.”
Decision Desk has a good vote tally.
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Sam Wang: “It seems likely that Donald Trump is headed for another win today – but a closer one than I would have expected even a few days ago. In 4 polls taken February 16-19, the medians are Trump 33%, Rubio 20.5%, Cruz 18.5%, Bush 9.5%, Kasich 8.5%, Carson 6%. Rubio may do even better than these numbers would indicate, since his surge is quite recent.”
Nate Silver: “But unlike in the general election, where the polling average usually gives you a fairly precise estimate of where the race will end up, the South Carolina polls could still wind up being way off. We warned you about this before Iowa, where the polls mispredicted the order of finish, and likewise before New Hampshire, where they were closer to the mark (although hardly perfect). We’re probably going to have to keep warning you until the Republican race settles down to only two or three major candidates — multiway races are historically associated with much larger polling errors.”