Former U.S. vice president Joe Biden is continuing to crush the liberal/ socialist field in early-voting New Hampshire and South Carolina, according to the results of new polling data leaked to Politico.
The polls – conducted last week by Florida-based Tel Opinion Research – show Biden leading socialist U.S. senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont by 21 percentage points in New Hampshire and by 27 percentage points in South Carolina.
Those results are consistent with previous polling. Meanwhile, Biden is crushing Sanders and other Democratic second-tier candidates by overwhelming margins in head-to-head matchups.
For example, Biden is beating Sanders by 55 percentage points in the Palmetto State and by 44 points in New Hampshire – a state Sanders won during his 2016 campaign against Hillary Clinton.
He is defeating South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg by 42 percentage points in New Hampshire and 61 percentage points in South Carolina.
Both polls had a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points and included responses from 600 likely Democratic primary voters.
“In all the polls, Biden leads the others in every category of voter: young, middle-aged, old, white, black, male, female, well-educated and less-educated,” Politico reporter Marc Caputo noted.
Biden is especially beloved by black voters in South Carolina, drawing 40 percent support from that constituency in a race that includes two sitting black U.S. senators – Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey.
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Overall, Harris drew the support of seven percent of likely South Carolina Democratic primary voters, while Booker drew the support of only 2 percent.
U.S. president Donald Trump appears to be resigned to a showdown with Biden, as evidenced by the constantly needling he is giving his would-be rival on social media. Earlier this week, Trump referred to Biden as a “low IQ individual” during a visit to Japan.
Trump has also lobbed some substantive criticism at Biden, slamming him for his support of a 1994 crime bill that critics claim disproportionately targeted minorities for imprisonment.
Biden championed the bill, which was signed by former president Bill Clinton. Years later, however, Clinton distanced himself from the legislation.
“I signed a bill that made the problem worse,” Clinton said in July of 2015. “And I want to admit it.”
So far, Biden has not taken the bait.
“I’m not going to get down in the mud, wrestling with this fella,” he told reporters during a recent campaign swing through Texas. “I’m not going to do it. I don’t want to get into it. Everybody already knows who he is.”
Can Biden maintain his lead? Or will black Democrats sour on him when they learn more about his record? Also, will Trump continue to engage Biden as if he is the nominee-in-waiting?
We shall see … remember, it is still very early in the process. And the Democrat/ socialist mob (like the GOP/ “conservative” mob) is fickle indeed.
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