The poll, conducted by the Change Research for the Democratic group The Welcome Party following the New Hampshire primary, shows the senator from Vermont matching Biden's 23% support in the state. The figure marks a 3 percentage point gain for Sanders and a 2 percentage point drop for Biden since the same poll was taken last month before Iowa and New Hampshire. Biden, who has traditionally polled well with African American voters, has seen South Carolina as a firewall after a disappointing fourth-place finish in Iowa and fifth-place finish in New Hampshire.
[Alexa Lardieri is a reporter and digital producer for the Civic section of U.S. News & World Report, where she writes about breaking news. She came to U.S. News in 2016 as a researcher and writer for the Rankings and Reviews section and in 2017, joined the news team, where she helped launch America 2020]