Sens. Obama and Clinton are battling for the votes of African-Americans in the South Carolina Democratic primary.
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - A new poll released Thursday from Winthrop University and ETV shows Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama with overwhelming leads over the rest of the Democratic field when it comes to African-Americans in South Carolina.
According to the poll, 35.4 percent of African-American voters said they would vote for Obama if the election were held today, while 30.7 percent said they would vote for Clinton. Just three percent chose former Senator John Edwards.
However, the poll suggests the race for South Carolina may come down to African-American women.
While Obama leads Clinton 42 percent to 30 percent among men, the margin is significantly narrower among females. Clinton leads Obama in that subset by just three-tenths of a percentage point, 30.9 to 30.6. On top of that, 33.8 percent of African American women remain undecided.
The poll surveyed randomly selected African-Americans and not necessarily likely voters.
– CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby