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PPP Poll: Nikki Haley Has Narrow Lead Over Vincent Sheheen

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SURVEY DOESN’T POLL THIRD PARTY CANDIDATES, THOUGH …

A day after one poll showed “independent Republican” Tom Ervin gaining traction in the 2014 South Carolina governor’s race, another poll ignored his candidacy (and the candidacy of Libertarian Party nominee Steve French) altogether.

According to a new survey from Public Policy Polling (PPP) – a North Carolina-based Democratic firm – S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley leads Democrat Vincent Sheheen by a 50-45 percent margin.  Those results are statistically no different than the 49-46 percent spread PPP found for Haley when it polled this race in June.

What’s different?  Haley has been carpet-bombing televisions across the Palmetto State over the last month with advertisements touting her reelection.

“The race remains steady even as Haley held more than a (2-to-1) spending advantage throughout most of the month of August,” PPP pollster Tom Jensen noted. “The lack of movement in Haley’s direction comes despite her having spent more than $650,000 on television ads between August 5th and September 1st to only around $260,000 for Sheheen.  Despite having much more of an opportunity to get her message out Haley hasn’t really been able to move the needle at all.”

PPP surveyed 793 likely voters on September 4-5.  The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Respondents were not given the names of Ervin or French, they were simply asked: “If you had to choose just between Republican Nikki Haley and Democrat Vincent Sheheen for governor, who would you vote for?”

For more information on this survey, click the link below …

PPP SEPTEMBER SURVEY (.pdf)

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