In CNN's first poll of the South Carolina primary, Joe Biden holds a clear lead among likely South Carolina Democratic primary voters. He's up 37% to Elizabeth Warren's 16% to Bernie Sanders' 11%. No one else is above 5%.
The picture is different in Nevada, where the first CNN poll there of the cycle has Biden at 22% and joined in the top tier by Sanders at 22% and Warren at 18% among likely caucus-goers. But, like in South Carolina, no one else is above 5%.
Here are a few other takeaways from the polls:
- Biden stands at 45% among black voters in South Carolina, while Warren, who scores 28% among white voters in the state, is at just 4% with black voters.
- Pete Buttigieg continues his struggles with nonwhite voters as well, with just 2% among them in Nevada and less than 1% with them in South Carolina.
- Nevada looks like it could be a swing state in 2020, with Donald Trump's approval rating among voters at 44%, which is close to, if not a little better than, where he's at nationally.
- Tom Steyer is just one qualifying poll away from making the November debate stage, thanks to getting 3% in South Carolina and 4% in Nevada.
- Unlike in Iowa, Biden, not Warren, leads when it comes to enthusiasm among South Carolina voters. In Nevada, Biden, Sanders and Warren are about equal when it comes to voter enthusiasm.