By FITSNews || Nikki Haley still enjoys a commanding lead in the race for the South Carolina Republican gubernatorial nomination – a mantle she is in a position to claim outright on Tuesday night.
According to a poll released Sunday night by the North Carolina-based firm Public Policy Polling (a Democratic-leaning firm), Haley is currently drawing the support of 43 percent of likely SCGOP voters compared to 23 percent for U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, 16 percent for S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster and 12 percent for S.C. Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer.
Assuming Haley isn’t able to eclipse the 50 percent mark on Tuesday, she would likely face Barrett in a runoff election on June 22 – although he could end up being little more than a speedbump. The same poll shows Haley ahead of Barrett by a 51-35 percent margin with 14 percent of voters undecided.
Haley leads McMaster in a head-to-head matchup by a 54-35 percent margin with 11 percent of voters undecided.
By a whopping 55-13 percent margin, South Carolina Republicans do not believe that Haley was unfaithful to her husband, although 33 percent of them are unsure. Should it be proven that Haley did have an extramarital affair, though, 42 percent of Republicans said she should drop out of the race.
On the Democratic side, polls show State Sen. Vincent Sheheen with a comfortable lead over Superintendent of Education Jim Rex and Sen. Robert Ford.
Haley Staying Strong (Public Policy Polling)