January 10th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
1 year ago

Poll: McCain bounce in South Carolina

 McCain is up in South Carolina.
McCain is up in South Carolina.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican John McCain's comeback win in New Hampshire appears to have given the Arizona senator a boost in the upcoming South Carolina contest, a new poll out Thursday suggests.

McCain now draws 25 percent of likely Republican primary voters in a new Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll, 7 points ahead of Mitt Romney - the second-place finisher in New Hampshire. Mike Huckabee, who is hoping to win over much of the state’s large evangelical population, is statistically tied with Romney at 17 percent.

Fred Thompson, who is looking to the southern state to keep his presidential bid alive, is in fourth place at 9 percent.

In several polls taken before McCain's New Hampshire primary win, the Arizona senator consistently placed third or fourth in the state. In 2000, then-Texas Gov. George Bush beat the Arizona senator by 11 points and essentially dashed his presidential hopes.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (95 Responses)
  1. Danny

    If Romney didn't own Limbaugh, Hannity and Beck he would not even be in this race still!

    Huckabee is for the true working class!

    January 11, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Oklahoma_Pol

    It saddens me to think that anyone remotely aware of the facts, issues and the voters that comprise a republican election could believe that John McCain is too liberal.

    John McCain has served this country honourably and faithfully. He put the good of the republcian party and his ciountry ahead of his personal feelings and supported President Bush after South Carolina and in 2004.

    He was the lone voice that said Runsfeldt strategy was wrong and he needed to go. As a former POW, he spoke against water boardxing. Mitt Romney sayd that is not torture. As someone who has been water boarded.. that is false Mitt .. its torture.

    There are issues I dont agree with Senator McCain on.. but I know he will do whats right for America.

    If McCain had been elected in 2000 , we wouldnt be in Iraq NOW

    . Truly America needs John McCain as its president.

    January 11, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. Scott

    @ Danny. Funny you should mention TRUE CONSERVITIVE REPUBLICANS as Romney backers. However, these three also support Thompson. Romney/Thompson or Thompson/Romney ticket!!!! True Reagan conservitives.
    @Ainars, you need to do some more research on McCain. Check out who voted agains the marriage amendment (one man and one woman constitutes marriage, incase you really are in the dark)... Also, every candidate is against torcher and what has McCain actually done to defend life??? McCain has turned his back on the Republican party too many times and has no Republican base support. .
    The Repulicans in this country have not been able to put there choice for candidate in the lead yet because these stupid OPEN caucauses and OPEN primaries have been sabataged by the Democrats posing as independents. The only true Republican primary so far has been Wyoming and Romney won that easily. Unfortunatly the MSM Liberals have not mentioned Wyoming.

    January 11, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. NewPatriot-Arizona

    Ron Paul for President 2008 ! The only candidate that understands the U.S. Constitution. The choice is clear !

    January 11, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. buck naked

    how do you think is the most conservation for the GOP that has a chance of winning nationally?

    January 11, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Jed Merrill

    Sounds like Romney is doing better than I thought in SC. If he beats McCain in Michigan, which I believe he will, look for him to be competitive in South Carolina.

    January 11, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. Aaron

    I would never vote for Mike Huckabee. He is a religious bigot. His isn't a true Christian. No true Chrsitian would resort to the despicable tactics he and his supporters have used. Stooping to anti-Mormonism is a disgrace.

    The same things could be said about an Evangelical Christian. Anyone who believes that the bible is the literal and inerrent word of God and that you should base your life on it as though it is all true, is irrational, they believe in nonsense. How could anyone ever trust their warped judgement.

    It is all just ugly.

    I'm sorry to say that as a life long Republican if he is elected he will NEVER be my president and I will use all my energy to work against ANYTHING and EVERYTHING he tries to do. He is loathsome.

    January 11, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. Jed Merrill

    To whoever suggested a Romney/Thompson ticket, I am beginning to lean that way. Thompson does not seem like a man of much energy, but he has more integrity than Huckabee and a clearer stand on the issues.

    Only Romney is going to get us into the White House. He will blow Obama and Hillary to smithereens in the debates, as a man of real issues and intelligent solutions on everything under the sun.

    I could vote for Romney/Giuliani, too, but Huckabee is starting to put a bad taste in my mouth. He has shed a lot of physical weight, but he is still a little heavy in his big government thinking, spending. He doesn't see right through the issues, as Romney does. He has people sense, but no common sense or economy sense.

    January 11, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. lee

    If McCain is elected the DRAFT will return and it won't be the illegals he allows in that will be drafted!

    January 11, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. Scott

    @Jed Merrill, I also wouldn't mind seeing a Romney/Hunter ticket, but for some reason Hunter just is not getting any support. Most likely because he's a conservitive and the MSM will not allow his name to be mentioned.
    Something else your not seeing from the MSM....Romney raised $5mil for the general election in one day. And this was the day after he lost NH. Who else can even come close to matching this....Ron Paul doesn't count because if the Ron Paul backers would be intelectually honest with themselves, he is not going anywhere.
    Romeny – President
    Giuliani/Hunter/Thompson- VP???
    Sec Of State – Giuliani/Hunter/Thompson(may be too old)??
    Sec Of Def – McCain/Norman Schwartskoff/Petraeus
    Court Jester – Ron Paul (Sorry had to add it).

    January 11, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. Jose Card - Independent

    If McCain is elected, draft won't return because he will attract new recruits. You won't be needed.

    If Hillary is elected, draft may return because the forces will lose more people. She called General Petraeus, a Princeton Ph.D. in international relations, a liar. She is no commander-in-chief material.

    Cindy McCain reminds me of Nancy Reagan.
    McCain is not old. President Reagan was in his 70's when he was elected for the first term. If you see how vibrant McCain's 95 year old mother looks, he is just a baby.

    Go McCain 2008!

    January 11, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  12. Jay

    To all you clueless people who don't understand how to interpret polling, you need to get real. Just because John McCain isn't some right-wing dogmatic conservative with intransigent views on immigration, he is clearly them most qualified, strongest leader with the broadest appeal on either side.

    That's why he is already beating Clinton and Obama in many national polls.

    McCain is easily the best hope we have for winning in November. It's not even close. He's the only candidate who can get the lion's share of independent voters from Obama. And in case you haven't noticed what happened in Iowa and NH, it's the independent voters who will decide this election...NOT the party faithfuls. Sorry, folks. Get real and quit worrying about the stupid, minor details on some immigration bill. We're not going to deport 20 million people, OK?

    Go McCain.

    January 12, 2008 04:47 am at 4:47 am |
  13. ak

    Matt, Cleveland OH

    Funny you should say that, Matt of Cleveland, OH. I don't think Obama has a chance of winning the primary or the election.

    I also think you should stick to the FIXED NEWS NETWORK because you are not interested in the truth. Say "hello" to Bill O'Reilly and the rest of the Fixed News Staff for me, please.

    I LIKE MIKE. I HATE ALL RIGHT WINGNUTS AND I HATE ALL LIBERALS.

    January 12, 2008 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  14. ak

    TO Matt, Cleveland OH

    Thank you for your intelligent response (lol).

    I know where your sympathies lie. It doesn't matter. Just say "HELLO" to Bill O'Reilly and the others at Fixed News Network.

    Just for the record, Matt, I do not think Obama has a chance in hell of winning the primary or the election.

    January 12, 2008 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  15. Mark Supple

    That Senator McCain thinks that his country is a higher priority than the Republican Party is not a negative but a positive. He is first an American and second a Republican, which is why he will win the Primary and the National election. He was against most of the Republican establishment in asking for Rumsfeld's resignation and in asking for the surge in troops (which would have made this war a lot shorter). Colin Powell had 500,000 troops when he went into Kuwait and Iraq...Rumsfeld had a lot less under his plan. We are finally seeing that Senator McCain was right.

    Think about it... do you want someone who places America first in his priorities or someone who places his/her political party or political agenda ahead of his/her country. I will pick someone who has consistently shown that he places his country ahead of any agenda, including himself, be it as a POW (Senator McCain could have left), as a senator (some of his positions don't thrill the establishment) or his popularity (he will not win the Ms Congeniality award in DC).

    I may not agree with McCain in all his choices, but I do know that all his choices will be based (and have been based) on what he believes to be best for the US. Our first decision on choice for President must be for someone who places the US ahead of any other agenda, and Senator McCain has shown and proven he does that over any other candidate.

    January 12, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Mark Supple

    That Senator McCain thinks that his country is a higher priority than the Republican Party is not a negative but a positive. He is first an American and second a Republican, which is why he will win the Primary and the National election. He was against most of the Republican establishment in asking for Rumsfeld's resignation and in asking for the surge in troops (which would have made this war a lot shorter). Colin Powell had 500,000 troops when he went into Kuwait and Iraq...Rumsfeld had a lot less under his plan. We are finally seeing that Senator McCain was right.

    Think about it... do you want someone who places America first in his priorities or someone who places his/her political party or political agenda ahead of his/her country. I will pick someone who has consistently shown that he places his country ahead of any agenda, including himself, be it as a POW (Senator McCain could have left), as a senator (some of his positions don't thrill the establishment) or his popularity (he will not win the Ms Congeniality award in DC).

    I may not agree with McCain in all his choices, but I do know that all his choices will be based (and have been based) on what he believes to be best for the US. Our first decision on choice for President must be for someone who places the US ahead of any other agenda, and Senator McCain has shown and proven he does that over any other candidate.

    January 12, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Joe

    Huckabee's Economic Plan Attacks all South Carolina Retailers and their Salesmen.

    Huckabee ecomonic FairTax plan encourages Americans to not buy anything new and that is exactly what they will do to avoid a 30% Fairtax on everything we buy new. My wife will figure it out fast. Buy tomatoes at a retail store and pay a 30% Fairtax plus 6% sales tax on the retail price or avoid the retail store mark up and buy from the local farmers markets at wholesale. Also, no one will buy a new car when you are faced with not only a state sales tax, if your state has one, but a 30% FairTax which for the average family car would be about $8000-$10000 add on tax for a new van.

    Huckabee even recommends that all US Citizens can save taxes under his plan by buying used cars. Read his Economic webpage on his 'un' FairTax proposal which really is the old National Sales Tax that has been rejected for 20 or so years.

    Huckabee's Economy website:

    "The FairTax will replace the Internal Revenue Code with a consumption
    tax........ We'll be taxed on what we decide to buy, not what we happen
    to earn.... The tax will apply only to new goods, so we can reduce our
    taxes further by buying a used car or computer."

    So Huckabee is running on an economic platform that will depress the retail industry especially in lower-density cities where the public has easy access to wholesalers such as farmers and farmers markets and alot of wholesale warehouse businesses. Everyone has access to Used cars and internet used article sites like Ebay. If Huckabee is elected no middle class or lower citizen nationwide will ever buy a new car again. If I buy a 1 year old car I save about $10000 on the price PLUS $8000-$10000 on Huckabee's FairTax. Hum! This is hard to figure out? What do I do? I know – First I will immediately buy Ebay stock and make a killing on its rise to $1000 per share and I will also short sell Ford and GM stock and also make a killing as they fall to $1 per share. And I will always buy at least a 1 year old or older car. All Americans will do the same which means a deep recession for Detroit and pink slips for auto workers and for all South Carolina auto dealer salemen. Sounds like he's the candidate with the economic plan for South Carolina!!!!! Pinks slips for the retail industry!

    Even worse – In order for the FairTax to raise the same funds as the current income tax system Huckabee will have to tax INTERNET purchases! No politician wants to act the fight over State's wanting to charge sales taxes on Internet sales. Will any of them sign a bill to place a consumption tax (income tax) on internet sales? Talk about getting kicked out fast!

    Huckabee likes to attack others with slogans so here is his slogan for South Carolina retailers and their salesmen that vote for him:

    A vote for Huckabee is a vote for 'the President that will lay you off.'

    The 2008 election is not about War or Religion. 'Its the Ecomony Stupid'. Have McCain or Huckabee had any significant experience in a national for-profit business? We know they both have significant experience in spending others money.

    Its your choice South Carolina – Retail industry depression, internet purchases being taxed or choose a different candidate that can bring ecomonic growth for everyone without punishing others to do it.

    Joe – a republican in the financial industry

    January 12, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  18. Bob Brereton

    You are all brainwashed by the media. Why not just give them all your pieces of identification and let them go to the polls for you.
    Have they asked any serious questions during the debate?
    Rommney says he will save the economy and shut the borders.Has he actually explained how he will do this.
    McCain should be running for the job of the Presidency of Mexico.And just because he was a P.O.W makes him an authority on everything about the military and foriegn relations?
    Rudy is just an idiot.He sucked at being Mayor of NYC.
    Huckerbee is standing for , well I 'm really not sure what he does stand for.
    Obama just yells out change and everyone cheers.
    Clinton – need I say anything about her.
    Yet eveyone says Paul is a wacko.
    He wants the borders shut, a balanced budget, no more unfair free trade agreements, no to abortion, personal freedoms back.
    So he wants to bring the military home, whats wrong with that. We have been protecting other countries borders yet leave ours unprotected. He wants us out of a war we should never have been in in the first place.
    I might have thought the war was for our protection, beat them on their home turf you know.But if the politicians wanted to protect us the borders would have been shut long ago.
    Ron Paul in 2008

    January 17, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. Bob Brereton

    RON PAUL IN 2008

    Give the man a break.He is the only honest one of the group. And actually has good ideas if people would stop listening to the media.(unfair and unbalanced)

    Go Ron

    January 17, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. maggie

    whoever called mccain a fossil ...You should be so lucky to live to be a senior....Can you survive years of torture in a prison camp???? Just because one does not look young anymore does not mean they are not healthy and alive inside.........death comes to young and old alike...so this jerk who is rooting for huckabee should shut up........I am not for MCCain as i want a change in Washington....it has nothing to do with his age...it is his stance on war....free trade...is why.........You cannot send millions of immigrants back home Some of their children are in Iraq........He a great hero and i respect him greatly......and at least he is truthful...not like the people in washington now or some running for president..........So whoever you people are who call him these names..just shut up..He has more dignity than you will ever have........

    January 25, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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