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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.

Go deeper: Everything you need to know about Joe Biden

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DeSantis takes legal action against Biden admin over immigration

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) took legal action on Tuesday to try and stop the Biden administration's immigration plans.

Why it matters: DeSantis, who is running for re-election next year and is possibly eyeing a 2024 presidential bid, is picking a high-profile fight with Biden while re-upping his hardline stance on immigration.

Left: Senate's threat "insane"

The famously press-shy Sen. Kyrsten Sinema speaks briefly with reporters on Tuesday. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) lambasted Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) on Tuesday, saying "it's insane" that "one senator" is blocking attempts to settle on a palatable figure for President Biden's proposed $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package.

Why it matters: The figure is the linchpin to getting progressive support for the companion $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package. Khanna's statement reflects broader dissatisfaction among House progressives with Sinema and her fellow holdout, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).

Biden cancels Chicago trip as negotiations continue over agenda

President Biden. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Biden has canceled a trip to Chicago on Wednesday and will stay in Washington to continue negotiations on key pieces of his legislative agenda, a White House official confirmed Tuesday.

Why it matters: It's a sign of how crucial the coming days of talks will be if Biden is to advance his $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package and his flagship infrastructure bill, with a vote for the latter planned for Thursday.