The latest polling data is in and the numbers looks good for South Carolina Republicans in two statewide races.
In its monthly telephone survey of five hundred South Carolina voters, Rasmussen Reports found Nikki Haley has gained a greater lead in the race for governor. The GOP candidate has 52% of the vote while Democrat Vincent Sheheen picks up 36%. Another 10% are undecided.
Haley has slightly increased her lead since last month, when a similar poll had her at only 49%. Sheheen also saw his support go up slightly since July. Haley is favored by 86% of Republicans, while Sheheen has the support of 72% of Democrats polled. Independents favored Haley by a 13-point margin.
The poll also found that GOP incumbent Jim DeMint is in command of the Senate race. DeMint leads Democrat Alvin Greene by a better than three-to-one margin at 63% to 19%. 8% prefer a seperate candidate, and another 10% remain undecided. While 97% of Republicans support Demint, only 45% of Democrats said they support Greene.
Demint went up a percentage point from last month, while Greene dropped a point.
Rasmussen Reports conducted a telephone survey of 500 “likely voters in the state” on August 25. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points.