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Fox News Poll: Biden holds commanding lead among South Carolina Democrats

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South Carolina Democratic primary voters, more than half of whom are expected to be African American, say former Vice President Joe Biden is the best candidate to handle racial issues.  Even among black voters, he bests California Sen. Kamala Harris, who pressed Biden on the issue during the first Democratic debate.  Biden apologized for remarks he made about working with segregationist senators in the 1970s at a Saturday campaign event in Sumter, S.C.

A Fox News Poll released Thursday finds Biden leading on an array of other key issues as well.

Overall, Biden garners 35 percent among South Carolina Democratic primary voters in the race for the party’s nomination — over twice the support of any other candidate.  Bernie Sanders receives 14 percent and Kamala Harris is close behind at 12 percent.

All others trail, including Elizabeth Warren (5 percent), Cory Booker (3 percent), Pete Buttigieg (2 percent), and John Delaney, Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang (1 percent each).  One in five is undecided — a group that includes twice as many women (25 percent) as men (12 percent).

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South Carolina’s Democratic primary is Feb. 29, 2020.

Among black voters, Biden’s support hits 41 percent, with Sanders at 15, Harris 12, Booker 4, Warren 2, and Buttigieg, Tim Ryan, and Williamson at 1 percent each.

Among white voters, Biden receives 25 percent support, followed by Harris at 13, Sanders 12, and Warren 11.

Biden holds wide leads among voters over age 65 (+36 points), moderates (+25), and both men (+17) and women (+25).

Asked which candidate can best handle racial issues, the largest number (24 percent), pick Biden.  They also prefer him on the economy (36 percent), immigration (33 percent), and health care (32 percent).

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Harris comes in second on racial issues (21 percent) and immigration (12 percent) and is fourth on health care (8 percent, just behind Warren’s 9 percent) and the economy (6 percent, behind Warren’s 9 percent).

Sanders is second on the economy (15 percent) and health care (19 percent) and is third on immigration (11 percent, one point behind Harris) and racial issues (15 percent).

While Biden is preferred over Harris by 3 points on which candidate will best handle racial issues, his advantage increases to 10 points among black voters.  White voters pick Harris by nine.

When asked specifically whether Biden would be better or worse on racial issues than the other candidates, primary voters express confidence in the former vice president.  Thirty-four percent think Biden would be better, including 40 percent of blacks and 23 percent of whites.

Only 8 percent think Biden would be worse on racial issues than the other candidates, while 48 percent say about the same.

On which candidate is “most in touch with the concerns of people like you,” it’s Biden again:  28 percent compared to 17 percent for Sanders and 15 percent for Harris.  That also holds true among black voters:  Biden (31 percent), Sanders (17 percent) and Harris (16 percent).

“Getting poor reviews for a summer debate performance hasn’t undone the fact that Biden has a strong following among both white and black voters in South Carolina.  He’s the big dog there,” says Republican pollster Daron Shaw, who conducts the Fox News Poll with Democrat Chris Anderson.

By a 52-26 percent margin, South Carolina primary voters say supporting the candidate who can oust Donald Trump is more important than backing the candidate they like the most.

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Those prioritizing defeating Trump are significantly more likely to support Biden (41 percent) than Harris (14 percent) or Sanders (11 percent).  Biden also comes out on top, albeit by a much smaller spread, among those saying it’s more important to support their favorite candidate:  Biden (29 percent), Sanders (25 percent), Harris (11 percent) and Warren (8 percent).

More than 8 in 10 would be satisfied with Biden as the nominee, nearly 50 points more than the number who support him, and far more than would be satisfied with the other top candidates.

Overall, 83 percent would be happy with Biden winning the nomination, while 73 percent who would be satisfied if Sanders won, 68 percent Harris, 66 percent Warren, and 59 percent Booker.

Among black voters, 87 percent would be happy with Biden as the nominee, 79 percent with Sanders, 71 percent Harris, 66 percent Warren, and 62 percent Booker.

Eighty-nine percent of those satisfied with Harris as the nominee would be happy if Biden wins, while 73 percent of those satisfied with Biden would be okay with Harris.

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In 2016, Hillary Clinton topped Sanders by 73-26 percent in the Palmetto primary.

Conducted July 7-10, 2019 under the joint direction of Beacon Research (D) and Shaw & Company (R), this Fox News Poll includes interviews with 701 South Carolina Democratic primary voters who spoke with live interviewers on both landlines and cellphones and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.  Respondents were randomly selected from a statewide voter file and screened to identify potential participants in the Democratic presidential primary.

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Trump rips New York Times over Kavanaugh piece, calls for resignation of anyone involved in ‘SMEAR story’

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President Trump blasted The New York Times over its supposed bombshell report on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, calling on “everybody” involved in the “smear” to resign.

“I call for the Resignation of everybody at The New York Times involved in the Kavanaugh SMEAR story, and while you’re at it, the Russian Witch Hunt Hoax, which is just as phony!” Trump tweeted Monday evening.

“They’ve taken the Old Grey Lady and broken her down, destroyed her virtue and ruined her reputation… She can never recover, and will never return to Greatness, under current Management. The Times is DEAD, long live The New York Times!”

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Late Sunday, The New York Times walked back an explosive report about a resurfaced allegation of sexual assault by Kavanaugh from his college days. The piece by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, adapted from their forthcoming book, alleged there was corroboration of an incident in which Kavanaugh, as a college student at Yale, exposed himself to a female classmate at a party.

However, The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway — who reviewed an advance copy of the book – flagged an omission and the paper eventually revised the controversial story after being lampooned on social media over the gaffe.

The update included the significant detail that several friends of the alleged victim said she did not recall the purported sexual assault. The newspaper also stated for the first time that the alleged victim refused to be interviewed, and has made no other comment about the episode.

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Trump was asked about whether anyone from The Times should be “fired” over the controversy. He called it a “fair” question but didn’t directly give an answer.

“I think The New York Times made another terrible mistake,” Trump said. “It’s a shame that a thing like that could happen… They used to have a thing called fact-checking. They don’t have fact-checking anymore.”

Fox News’ Brian Flood and Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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With New Mexico rally, Trump seeks to flip state won by Clinton in 2016

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump will hold one of his signature rallies on Monday night in New Mexico, a longtime Democratic stronghold his campaign has added to the list of states it hopes to win in the November 2020 election.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, U.S., September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

The last time New Mexico supported a Republican in a presidential race was 2004. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton beat Trump there by 8 percentage points three years ago.

Trump’s campaign sees an opening in the state with Latinos, who it believes will swing his way despite tough immigration policies, including a crackdown on migrants from Central America and a push to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Democrats have criticized those efforts. But a Trump campaign aide said the Republican president could win over Latinos who came to the United States legally and believe others should, too.

“Big crowd expected in New Mexico tonight, where we will WIN. Your Border Wall is getting stronger each and every day — see you in a few hours!” Trump tweeted ahead of his trip.

The campaign also views Trump’s support for the fossil fuel industry as a plus in the state, which is rich in oil and natural gas, said the campaign aide, who declined to be named. Trump is likely to discuss energy on Monday night.

Trump won the White House in 2016 with electoral votes from traditional Republican-leaning states and some surprise Democratic-leaning ones.

The Trump campaign says it wants New Mexico’s five electoral votes to augment the 306 electoral votes the president received in his first election, not create a separate path for victory. A candidate must get 270 electoral votes nationally to win.

Democrats, who did well in New Mexico during the 2018 mid-term elections, are skeptical.

“Last cycle, Democrats crushed Republicans in New Mexico because voters are fed up with President Trump’s toxic healthcare agenda and broken promises,” said David Bergstein, a communications director for the Democratic National Committee focused on battleground states.

“We take nothing for granted, but this GOP strategy looks like they’re concerned about a realistic pathway to 270 electoral votes,” he added.

Trump won electoral-vote-rich swing states such as Ohio and Florida in 2016, while also picking up Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania from Democrats.

The campaign says it is eyeing more pickups in 2020, including Colorado, New Hampshire, Minnesota and Nevada.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Tom Brown

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California adds Iowa to ‘travel ban’ over refusal to fund gender transitions

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California announced Monday that it has added Iowa to the list of states on its ever-expanding “travel ban” list because of that state’s new prohibition against funding gender-transition surgeries under Medicaid.

The announcement by state Attorney General Xavier Becerra means that as of Oct. 4, California will no longer offer taxpayer-funded trips to Iowa for any public employee or student at a state-run university.

Becerra’s authority came from a 2016 California law signed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown that bars state-funded travel to other states that undercut LGBT rights. The list already included Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, Texas, Oklahoma and Mississippi.

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Conservatives have called the law ineffective, inconveniencing, possibly unconstitutional and hypocritical. The state’s sports teams have turned to private funding to get around the restrictions, according to The Los Angeles Times.

A homeless woman smokes as she waits for city crews to clean the area near Los Angeles City Hall Monday, July 1, 2019. California is overrun with homeless individuals. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

A homeless woman smokes as she waits for city crews to clean the area near Los Angeles City Hall Monday, July 1, 2019. California is overrun with homeless individuals. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

“The Iowa Legislature has reversed course on what was settled law under the Iowa Civil Rights Act, repealing protections for those seeking gender-affirming health care,” Becerra said in a statement. “California has taken an unambiguous stand against discrimination and government actions that would enable it.”

The brouhaha began after the Iowa Supreme Court ruled in March that taxpayers could be forced to pay for gender reassignment surgery. Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a law effectively overriding that ruling two months later.

At the federal level, the Trump administration has disputed the idea that sex-based discrimination prohibitions under law include protections for gender identity. The Health and Human Services Department, in May, angered progressive advocates with rules that both allowed doctors not to perform certain operations and stated that “gender identity” was not protected under sex discrimination law in health care.

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Fox News’ Sam Dorman contributed to this report.

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