PALMETTO PETITION CANDIDATE GAINS SUPPORT …
Former circuit court judge and state lawmaker Tom Ervin is the man on the move in the 2014 South Carolina gubernatorial race, if a new poll from American Research Group (ARG) is to be believed.
According to the results of the survey – conducted from September 2-4 – Ervin is poised to make the governor’s race a three-way affair.
Incumbent “Republican” Nikki Haley is supported by 43 percent of registered voters, according to the poll, compared to 33 percent who support Democratic nominee Vincent Sheheen. Ervin – who has been running ads all over the state on multiple platforms – is in third place with 18 percent of the vote.
Libertarian Steve French drew 1 percent support – although he has yet to launch his media campaign.
Five percent of respondents were undecided.
“This poll shows we have a three-way race and confirms what we are seeing on the ground: Tom’s common sense solutions are resonating with voters,” said Matt David, Ervin’s senior advisor. “Whether it’s his push for tough ethics reform in Columbia or his plan to eliminate the income tax, this momentum will continue as more people learn about Tom.”
One national pollster who follows South Carolina politics told FITS the poll was “bad news” for Haley.
“Ervin is the second choice of 47 percent of voters – meaning he has room to grow,” the pollster said. “Sixty-one percent of voters still haven’t formed an opinion of him. (Haley) has only one place to go.”
The ARG pollsters surveyed 419 interviews on landlines and 181 interviews on mobile devices. Among respondents in the landline interviews, Haley leads Sheheen 53-28 percent – while 12 percent support Ervin. Among respondents in the mobile device interviews, Ervin leads Sheheen 43-30 percent – with 18 percent supporting Haley, according to ARG’s Dick Bennett.