A new poll of registered South Carolina voters shows Republican nominee Donald Trump with a solid lead over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, although a comparatively large percentage of residents remain undecided.
The Washington Post-Survey Monkey poll results released Tuesday show 49 percent of likely South Carolina voters indicated they would back Trump in a two-way race, while 42 percent supported Clinton. Eight percent indicated they are undecided. When pollsters included Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein in the question, the support shifted to 45-38 in favor of Trump, with Johnson picking up 10 percent.
It is the first independently-conducted poll in South Carolina since the state’s party primaries were held in February. Several Democratic-commissioned polls released last month suggested Clinton was in a much closer race with Trump.
The numbers come from a nationwide survey of each state conducted from Aug.9 – Sept. 1. More than 74,000 registered voters were polled nationwide. The poll suggested Clinton would win an election held this past month, with a sizable 244-126 edge in the Electoral College, with 168 electoral votes still contested.
While Trump is still ahead, it is unusual for a Republican presidential candidate to receive less than a majority support in South Carolina. Mitt Romney won South Carolina by a 54-44 percent margin over President Barack Obama in the 2012 election, while McCain won the state 54-45 over Obama in 2008.