A new Opinion Savvy Poll in South Carolina finds Donald Trump leading the GOP field with 36%, followed by Ted Cruz at 19%, Marco Rubio at 15%, Jeb Bush at 11%, John Kasich at 9% and Ben Carson at 5%.
Washington Post: “And so, the media has flocked South, left taciturn New England behind in search of a quiet spot — the corner booth of a bar, perhaps, or a well-appointed office downtown — hoping to be blessed with those magic words, you didn’t hear this from me, but. South Carolina: home to whisper campaigns, dirty politics, back-alley knife fighters, and other cliches. A land where consultants share shibboleth with bank robbers: No fingerprints, please. It’s a week before the primary, and the Palmetto State is all anonymous fliers and unlisted numbers.”
“In fairness to the natives, South Carolina’s electoral nastiness may be a matter of timing more than geography. The window to win the nomination is rapidly closing, and there’s little advantage in holding back.”
William Kristol reports on a private poll from a “very reputable pollster” in South Carolina that finds Donald Trump leading the GOP race with 32%, followed by Ted Cruz at 26%, Marco Rubio at 20%, Jeb Bush at 10%, Ben Carson at 7% and John Kasich at 2%.
“Take it with the usual grains of salt, but I do trust these were the actual results of an honest and competent pollster doing his best to get an accurate read on the situation.”
The Charleston Post and Courier introduced a digital tool that asks readers to help keep tabs on the coming wave of dirty tricks.
Politico: “This is a state famous for telephone pollsters implying John McCain had an illegitimate child, and the bogus Mitt Romney Christmas card with controversial quotes from the Book of Mormon. Fliers dropped on South Carolina doorsteps have told people the wrong date to vote; this is where political rivals have bantered openly with racial slurs and innuendo about sexual trysts.”
A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll in South Carolina finds Donald Trump leading the GOP presidential race with 36%, followed by Ted Cruz at 20%, Marco Rubio at 14%, Jeb Bush at 9% and Ben Carson at 8%.
In the Democratic race, Hillary Clinton bests Bernie Sanders by a landslide margin, 64% to 27%.
A new Opinion Savvy survey in South Carolina finds Donald Trump leading the GOP presidential field with 32%, followed by Ted Cruz at 18%, Jeb Bush at 13%, Marco Rubio at 11% and Ben Carson at 9%.
“The reality is, if Mrs. Clinton loses Iowa and New Hampshire, that could create new and real problems for her here.”
— Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), quoted by the New York Times, issuing a warning to the Clinton campaign about South Carolina.
National Review: “Unlike Iowa and New Hampshire, where a consensus among insiders has started to cement projecting Cruz and Trump victories, South Carolina remains an electoral enigma. The Palmetto State is more unpredictable than in past cycles due to a host of factors, including a larger and more ideologically fragmented field.”
“But Republicans say four candidates have both the money and organization to survive until the February 20 primary, and all four have competitive claims in the state: Trump sits atop the polls; Cruz has the most enthusiastic followers; Rubio boasts the most experienced organization; and Bush enjoys the deepest reservoir of donor loyalty. Yet none possess traditional x-factors, such as deep southern roots or military experience, that would make them a natural favorite.”
Huffington Post: “Early primaries matter because they establish campaign momentum. The media speaks of Iowa and New Hampshire in hushed tones, and the voters themselves take their first in the nation status most seriously. But, as any South Carolinian will tell you, they are the most consistent bellwether of the Reagan Era. Of the last six open GOP nominations, Iowa correctly picked three winners, New Hampshire four and South Carolina five. The one time all three early states agreed on a nominee was 1980, with Ronald Reagan.”
A new AIF poll in South Carolina finds Donald Trump and Ted Cruz tied in the GOP presidential race at 27%, followed by Marco Rubio at 12%, Ben Carson at 11% and Jeb Bush at 7%.
A new Opinion Savvy poll in South Carolina finds Donald Trump leading the GOP presidential race with 28%, followed by Ted Cruz at 21%, Marco Rubio at 12%, Jeb Bush at 10% and Ben Carson at 10%.
A new Winthrop University poll in South Carolina finds Donald Trump leading with 24%, followed by Ted Cruz at 16%, Ben Carson at 14%, Marco Rubio at 11% and Jeb Bush at 9%.
A new Fox News poll in South Carolina finds Donald Trump leads the GOP presidential primary field with 35%, followed by Ben Carson at 15%, Ted Cruz at 14%, Marco Rubio at 14% and Jeb Bush at 5%.
Trump’s remarks about barring Muslims from entering the country may have helped him. Support for Trump increased eight points after his statement — from 30% the first two nights of the survey vs. 38% the last two nights.
Sen. Ted Cruz “has taken his evangelicals-focused Iowa playbook to South Carolina — and conservative leaders in the state say that it’s starting to work,” Politico reports.
“Now, there are signs that the same Christian conservatives-focused approach Cruz used to surge in Iowa, largely at Carson’s expense, is making him a formidable candidate in South Carolina as well, a state in which 65 percent of Republican primary voters in 2012 identified themselves in exit polls as “born-again or evangelical Christians.” Evangelicals are particularly concentrated here in the deeply religious Upstate region.”
A new Monmouth poll in South Carolina finds Ben Carson leading the GOP race at 28%, followed by Donald Trump at 27%, Marci Rubio 11%, Ted Cruz at 9% and Jeb Bush at 7%.
A new Winthrop poll in South Carolina shows Hillary Clinton leading the Democratic presidential race with 71%, followed by Bernie Sanders at 15% and Martin O’Malley at 2%.
A new Clemson Palmetto poll in South Carolina finds Donald Trump leading the GOP presidential race with 23%, followed by Ben Carson at 19%, Marco Rubio at 9%, Ted Cruz at 8%, Jeb Bush at 7%, Carly Fiorina at 6% and Lindsey Graham at 3%.
On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders, 43% to 6%.