Politics & Government

Former VP Biden, leading in NC polls, coming to Charlotte this month for fundraiser

Former Vice President Joe Biden will come to Charlotte this month for a fundraiser at the home of Erskine and Crandall Bowles.

Biden tops polls of Democratic presidential candidates in North Carolina, nationally and in South Carolina, site of one of next year’s first primaries. The Aug. 28 event will be his first trip of the campaign to Charlotte.

Biden leads the large Democratic primary field at 36% in North Carolina, according to a Civitas poll released Thursday morning. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren follow at 15% and 13%, respectively, in the poll of 534 likely Democratic voters.

Erskine Bowles was White House chief of staff under President Bill Clinton. His wife was CEO at S.C.-based Springs Industries.

Biden has raised more money in North Carolina than any of his Democratic rivals, according to finance reports filed last month. He raised nearly $131,000 in the state. In South Carolina he raised $129,000.

Costs for attending the Charlotte fundraiser range from $1,000 to $2,800.

Biden’s wife, Jill, will be in Charlotte on Aug. 24 to speak at a luncheon hosted by U.S. Rep. Alma Adams.

In June, Joe Biden told a Washington forum he believes that, if nominated, he can win North Carolina.

“I plan, if I’m your nominee, on winning Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, believe it or not,” he said according to Spectrum News. “And I believe we can win Texas and Florida.”

In 2016, President Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton by nearly 4 percentage points in North Carolina.

In the Civitas poll, Biden dominates the field when asked which Democrat has the best chance of defeating President Donald Trump. Biden is at 51 percent, the poll found, with Sanders in second at 12%.

Biden has strong support among African American voters in the Democratic field, garnering 57%.

The poll has a margin of error of 6.7%.

California Sen. Kamala Harris is fourth at 8%, followed by South Bend (Ind.) Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 5%. No other candidate has more than 1% support in the poll.