Joe Biden's lead over Bernie Sanders in South Carolina drops to 5 points

Joe Biden's lead over Bernie Sanders in South Carolina drops to 5 points – as state powerbroker James C. Clyburn warns having a socialist top the ticket would pose a 'real burden' for Democrats Biden leads Sanders 28 to 23 in a new CBS / YouGov poll in South Carolina Sanders triumphed in Saturday's Nevada caucuses across demographic groups Biden's camp considers South Carolina a 'firewall' Hedge funder Tom Steyer was at 18 percent after heavy ad spending  Democratic Rep. James C. Clyburn of South Carolina told ABC's 'This Week' Sanders' could pose a 'real burden for us' 

By Geoff Earle, Deputy U.s. Political Editor For Dailymail.com

Published: 17:06 GMT, 23 February 2020 | Updated: 17:08 GMT, 23 February 2020

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Former Vice President Joe Biden's lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders is just 5 percentage points in South Carolina, as senior Democrats raised concerns about the dangers of having a self-described democratic socialist at the top of the ticket. 

Biden was leading Sanders by 28 to 23 in a new CBS / YouGov poll released Sunday, a day after Sanders trounced rivals in the Nevada caucuses. 

It was unclear whether Sanders' run of successes in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada would continue to give him a lift, in a state where Biden has campaigned heavily and has strong support among the state's African American voters.  

'I think we're gonna do well, and I think we're going to go on to Super Tuesday and do very well,' former Vice President Joe Biden said of his chances in South Carolina. Here Biden addresses the crowd during a South Carolina campaign launch party on February 11, 2020 in Columbia

'I think we're gonna do well, and I think we're going to go on to Super Tuesday and do very well,' former Vice President Joe Biden said of his chances in South Carolina. Here Biden addresses the crowd during a South Carolina campaign launch party on February 11, 2020 in Columbia

Biden told supporters in Las Vegas Saturday night: 'We're alive

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