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New Poll: Jeb Bush, Scott Walker Leading “First In The South” Primary




|| By FITSNEWS || Former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Wisconsin governor Scott Walker are the two early “Republican” presidential leaders in early-voting South Carolina.

According to a new survey from Public Policy Polling (PPP) – a North Carolina-based Democratic outfit with a pretty solid record of Palmetto State prognostication – Bush is drawing the support of 19 percent of likely “First in the South” primary-goers.  That puts him narrowly ahead of Walker, who drew 18 percent.

Who else is getting early support?  And how much?  Well, there’s neurosurgeon Ben Carson (13 percent), home-state U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (13 percent), former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (12 percent), New Jersey governor Chris Christie (7 percent), U.S. Senator Rand Paul (5 percent), U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (3 percent) and former Texas governor Rick Perry (3 percent).

PPP’s survey also offers some important context as it relates to previous polls showing support for Graham’s “native son” bid.

According to the data, most South Carolina “Republican” voters want Graham to sit out the presidential campaign.  In fact only 25 percent of respondents said they want him to run – compared to 61 percent who feel he should sit the race out.

“There is little interest among Republican primary voters in Graham making a run for the White House,” the pollsters noted.

Indeed … which would seem to confirm we were correct in questioning the prior surveys showing elevated support for Graham.

For those of you keeping score at home, PPP surveyed 525 Republican primary voters between February 12-15, 2015. Its margin of error is plus or minus 4.3 percentage points. To view the results for yourself, click on the link below …

PPP JANUARY 2015 POLL (.pdf)