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South Carolina’s Love Affair With Joe Biden Persists

But will it go the distance?

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“Is she really going out with him?”

That’s the title lyric from the 1979 hit by British new wave rocker Joe Jackson. If you have seen the 1998 Farrelly Brothers’ movie There’s Something About Mary, you may know the song.

The verse is fitting for many Democrats, who continue to marvel at the monolithic support former U.S. vice president Joe Biden is receiving in early-voting South Carolina.

A whopping 45 percent of black voters in the Palmetto State back Biden, according to the latest survey conducted for The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier by California-based Change Research. That is more than three times the level of black support received by U.S. senators Kamala Harris of California and Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

As a result, Biden continues to enjoy a commanding lead in the “First in the South” Democratic presidential primary – scheduled for February 29, 2020.

Among all South Carolina Democrats, Biden’s support is currently registering at 36 percent according to the Post and Courier survey – easily outdistancing U.S. senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts (17 percent), Sanders (16 percent) and Harris (12 percent).

No other candidate is polling above five percent.

According to reporter Andy Shain, the survey was conducted online between August 9-12. It surveyed 521 likely Democratic voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.

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(Via: @EWarren)

Do we trust the Post and Courier data? Generally, yes. It is being offered up in a virtual vacuum at this particular moment, but previous surveys from the same outfit have aligned with other polling data in the Palmetto State.

Of course that may not be much of a compliment …

Given the well-deserved beating the polls took in 2016, we take any survey not published by Robert Cahaly with an ocean of salt.

One bring spot in this latest survey? Tulsi Gabbard. Despite the silent treatment/ overt attacks she is getting from the mainstream media, the Hawai’i congresswoman is polling at two percent in South Carolina even though her primary campaign communication method is … wait for it … billboards.

That’s right …

A staunch non-interventionist when it comes to foreign policy, Gabbard is one of the few sensible voices emerging from a radical Democratic field we have taken to referring to as a “clown car.” And while we could never endorse her for the presidency given her fiscal/ social liberalism, we appreciate the penetrating truth bombs this U.S. Army National Guard major has been dropping on the Democratic establishment.

Gabbard, incidentally, announced yesterday that she is taking two weeks off from campaigning to participate in guard training.

“Throughout this campaign, no matter what you think of her policies and platform, Gabbard has demonstrated that she is willing to reach across the aisle, and stay above identity politics and ad hominem attacks,” noted Brad Polumbu for The Washington Examiner. “Far-left politics aside, she embodies a sincerity rarely found in elected politicians.”

We concur …

“And for someone so often maligned as unpatriotic or treasonous, due to her controversial anti-war views and questionable diplomatic decision to speak well of Bashar Assad, Gabbard’s continued record of service speaks volumes to the true nature of her character,” Polumbu added.

Again, we agree … and are glad to see Gabbard is finally registering as a little more than just a blip on the radar in South Carolina.

-FITSNews

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