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POLL: PPP (D) South Carolina Primary


A new Public Policy Polling (R) automated survey of likely primary voters in South Carolina (conducted 8/13) finds:

  • Among 749 Republicans, former Sen. Fred Thompson edges out former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (22% to 18%) in a statewide primary; former Gov. Mitt Romney runs at 17%, Sen. John McCain at 11%, former Gov. Mike Huckabee at 7%. All other candidates receive less than 5% each.
  • Among 437 Democrats, Sen. Hillary Clinton edges out Sen. Barack Obama (36% to 33%) in a statewide primary; former Sen. John Edwards trails at 12%. All other candidates receive less than 5% each.

View all South Carolina Primary poll data at Pollster.com:

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Comments
Anonymous:

Edwards won south carolina four years ago. It was his only primary victory. What does it say about his strength as a candidate that he's running a distant third there now?

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Till Eulenspiegel:

Both Romney and Huckabee seem to have made small but significant gains thanks to the Iowa straw poll, which is more than I expected. It'll be interesting to see if that goes anywhere. I still can't figure out why Huckabee isn't more popular. He's the only GOP candidate with any genuine charisma, and conservatives don't really have much to complain about with him, unlike Giuliani or Romney.

He's probably the only Republican with a prayer of a chance in the general. Every one of them (Ron Paul, like Dennis Kucinich, doesn't count) have inexplicably attached themselves to the war in Iraq, which wins you an instant 64% of opposition on the most prominent issue that isn't going away, and quite probably the biggest factor again in the 2008 election. Huckabee is the only one who might be able to sell *himself*, in spite of political opposition.


Re: Edwards - it says that he hasn't been campaigning much in South Carolina, whereas he's been practically living in Iowa (this week: bus tour), so he remains quite competitive in the most important primary for him to win, if he's to derail the Clinton / Obama inevitability. Unless he takes off in the national polls, he's clearly betting it all on Iowa, which is probably the best possible strategy.

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Justing:

Technically, Edwards won South Carolina and North Carolina last year. But I think there is obviously a greater focus on Iowa for his campaign this time around. Winning South Carolina wasn't enough of a boost in 2004. I assume the Edwards campaign hopes that by winning Iowa it will rocket him into contention in NH and SC.

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