Damn, that is quite a lead.

Courtesy of The Hill:

Former Vice President Joe Biden holds a sizable lead over the 2020 Democratic presidential field in a key primary state, according to a new Post and Courier-Change Research Poll.

The survey, which was released on Sunday, found that 46 percent of likely Democratic voters in South Carolina, home to the nation’s third primary, favor Biden over the rest of the Democratic field. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is a distant second, with 15 percent of respondents saying they’d support him.

Meanwhile, 10 percent of likely South Carolina Democratic primary voters said they’d favor Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).

The Post and Courier noted that Harris and Sanders’ support has remained steady in the state since February. Biden, on the other hand, has experienced a surge in support since officially launching his presidential campaign in late April.

“He’s always been popular in South Carolina and always maintained good relationships here, so people were really excited about him getting in,” Kenneth Glover, chairman of the Orangeburg County Democratic Party, told The Post and Courier.

Of course, polls this early out have very little value, though he cannot help but suffer a little whiplash when you see this much of a lead by one candidate.

And it is especially worth nothing when you realize that Biden appears to be the one candidate that Trump fears above all others. 

Courtesy of Axios:

Behind the scenes, aides to President Trump have long seen Joe Biden as his biggest potential threat in 2020. Now, the president is saying it out loud.

Trump’s advisers take Biden very seriously.

Several have privately said they’re surprised he’s opened up such a strong early lead.

A few months ago, many of Trump’s advisers thought Biden would be formidable in a general election. But few thought he’d win a Democratic primary that looked likely to be dominated by left-wing activists.

Now they’re thinking: Sheesh! Maybe he can get through to the general.

Don’t forget that Trump fears Biden so much that he was looking for help from Ukraine to find dirt to help take him out early.

I don’t think that Biden has a lock on this thing by any means, and keep in mind that having an early lead means the only place you can go is down, but his rollout still exceeds expectations by a substantial margin and has put the rest of the Democratic field on notice that they need to ramp up their game.