Joe Biden campaiging in South Carolina. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden is favored by 46% of Democratic primary voters in South Carolina, up 14 percentage points since last month, according to a new Post and Courier-Change Research Poll.

Why it matters: Biden has developed deep ties to the early voting state throughout his political career, having spent more days in South Carolina "visiting, vacationing or politicking than the rest of the crowded field, combined," according to the Post and Courier. His appeal with black voters will play an especially important role in next February's primary vote.

By the numbers: 90% of those polled believe Biden is the answer to beat President Trump.

  • Biden: 46%
  • Bernie Sanders: 15%
  • Kamala Harris: 10%
  • Pete Buttigieg: 8%
  • Elizabeth Warren: 8%
  • Cory Booker: 4%
  • The remaining 14 candidates fell below 2%

Yes, but: Biden's only weakness in the state comes from younger voters ages 18–34. They largely prefer Sanders, whose progressive stances on health care and economic reform are more favorable to millennials. A majority of pollers also believe Sanders could beat Trump.

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at 87.

Why it matters: Ginsburg had suffered from serious health issues over the past few years, including cancer. Her death sets up a fight over filling a Supreme Court seat with less than 50 days until the election.

NYT: White House drug price negotiations broke down over $100 "Trump Cards"

President Trump with Mark Meadows, his chief of staff, on Sept. 3 at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Negotiations on a deal between the White House and pharmaceutical industry to lower drug prices broke down last month after Mark Meadows, the president's chief of staff, insisted that drugmakers pay for $100 cash cards to be mailed to seniors before the election, according to the New York Times.

Why it matters: Some of the drug companies feared that in agreeing to the prescription cards — reportedly dubbed "Trump Cards" by some in the pharmaceutical industry — they would boost Trump's political standing weeks ahead of Election Day with voters over 65, a group that is crucial to the president's reelection bid, per the Times.

In photos: Virginians line up for hours on first day of early voting

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In some parts of Virginia, people waited in line up to four hours to cast their ballots on the first day of early voting, according to the Washington Post.

The big picture: The COVID-19 pandemic seems to already have an impact on how people cast their votes this election season. As many as 80 million Americans are expected to vote early, by mail or in person, Tom Bonier, CEO of TargetSmart, a Democratic political data firm, told Axios in August.