INCUMBENT “REPUBLICAN” LIKELY TO WIN REELECTION
By FITSNEWS || With five weeks to go before election day, “Republican” S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley enjoys a ten-point lead over Democrat Vincent Sheheen in the 2014 South Carolina gubernatorial election – according to one poll, anyway.
Haley enjoys a 43.6-33.6 percent lead over Sheheen in the latest Winthrop University poll.
Independent Republican Tom Ervin drew only 3.9 percent in the survey, while Libertarian Steve French received the support of 2.2 percent of respondents. United Citizens candidate Morgan Bruce Reeves drew 1.3 percent support – while 12.6 percent of respondents said they were undecided.
Winthrop’s pollsters surveyed 1,082 likely voters in South Carolina between September 21-28. The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus three percent.
Another poll, conducted by Columbia, S.C.-based Crantford Research, found a much closer race – with Haley leading Sheheen by a 41-37 percent margin. That poll had Ervin at seven percent – with fifteen percent of voters undecided.
Other internal polls conducted by GOP and Democratic firms have Haley with mid- to high-single digit leads – with Ervin drawing anywhere between 12-15 percent support.
Bottom line? Whichever poll you choose to believe, Nikki Haley is winning this race. And barring some sort of seismic “October Surprise,” she will be reelected governor of South Carolina on November 4.