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S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley will get a new report card early Tuesday when Winthrop University releases the results of a Palmetto State public opinion poll taken last week.

Four months ago, a Winthrop poll found Haley with a 34.6 percent approval rating among all voters and 52.5 percent approval rating among Republicans. The governor blasted the results of the poll, arguing that it was biased and inaccurate.

How will Haley fare this go-round?

We suspect she will do better – in fact we’ll be shocked if Haley isn’t polling in the 40-45 percent range. After all, the poll last December was released amid a flood of scandals for the first-term “Republican” – most notably Haley’s controversial appeasement of the state of Georgia’s port expansion plans (at the expense of our state’s competitiveness).

And while the governor hasn’t exactly turned things around during the intervening months, she’s avoided multiple sustained implosions and is likely to benefit from a modest uptick in the economy.

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