A recent poll conducted by Winthrop University shows the South Carolina gubernatorial race is tightening less than three weeks away from Election Day.
The poll shows GOP candidate Nikki Haley holding a 46 percent to 37 percent lead over Democrat Vincent Sheheen with 13.4 percent undecided. The margin of error is 3.6 percent. The telephone survey was taken between October 5 and October 10.
Sheheen says undecided voters, especially independents, and a number of GOP voters are moving his way. The poll indicates that among independents Sheheen holds a 29 to 27 percent lead over Haley with 38 percent undecided.
Sheheen’s campaign may be getting a boost from an unlikely source. A group of Republican activists called “Conservatives for Truth in Politics”, who announced their formation September 30, wants Haley to answer questions on her delay in paying taxes , money she received for consulting work, as well as other matters. Sheheen says the recently-formed group shares a number of the concerns he has earlier expressed about the differences between Haley’s rhetoric about transparency and her actions.
A number of political observers note that Haley’s political rise has been fueled in large measure by the Tea Party movement, however Sheheen is not conceding all of the “Tea Party” votes to his Republican opponent.