January 10th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
2 years 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. Kevin,FL

    Good Lord here you guys go with the polls again... THE POLLS MEANS NOTHING.. DIDNT NH TEACH YOU GUYS A LESSON!! .....CLINTON 08

    January 10, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  2. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    McCain is TOO OLD! 71 now, 72 in Nov, 76 in 2012election year, which would make him 80 at the end of a 2nd term. Now STOP this nonsense, people.
    If you vote for McCain, you are voting for a 1 term President. PERIOD!
    That's not the best we can do, fellow Republicans.
    The brain starts to lose it's memory at 30; that's 41/42 years of slowly slipping. No one over 65 has any business running for this serious of a job!
    Figure this out, folks, he's a great guy and yeah, I would like to get bin Laden, too, but WAKE UP, he's TOO OLD!

    January 10, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  3. Matt, Cleveland OH

    To ak:

    You belittle Fox with the "Fixed News Network" but you post on the "Clinton News Work"? Any poll coming from this propaganda machine is just as bad. Besides, Fox doesn't want McCain to win at all: it's Romney, Romney, Romney.

    Stick to your "praise Obama!" blogs.

    January 10, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  4. ben

    Hillary Clinton is too polarizing to be good for this country. Weve had enough Clintonesque time already. We already know what the meaning of is is dont we??
    Please people anyone but hitlarry!@!!!!!!

    January 10, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  5. Rodney

    Romney is the GOP version of John Kerry. If he is our best chance to win we are in trouble. McCain or Huckabee either one could attract support. Once people begin to learn about the Huckabee years in Arkansas they will see that he is not just the Christian candidate. He would be a candidate that the average American could relate to and that would be something new for the Republican party.

    January 10, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  6. Arkansas

    As far as Huckabee being a phony get your facts straight he is the only one who could unite us right now. Between the Clintons and the Bushes we are so divided we need a guy like this

    January 10, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  7. AJ, IL

    Hubba! Hubba! Yeah, that is McCain's wife, at least his second one. We haven't seen much of her in the media on the campaign trail. McCain suffered from "Slick Willy syndrome", he cheated on his first wife, like Bill Clinton is or did with Hillary.

    January 10, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  8. Andrea

    I go all the way for Ron Paul who represents America as a strong country. He beleives in the Constitution and the rights for the American people. Ron Paul in "08" as president.

    January 10, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  9. ann nonimus

    Sorry to crash the McCain bashers party, but the guy is a real American hero. If you want another Regan, you will have to trust that someone can be a politician and have integrity. If my choices are "how do I feel about abortion today" Romney, Gomer Huckleberry or "lets see if Pumpkin wants me to pick up a loaf of bread on the way home from the state of the union" Giuliani, I'd have to vote for Les Paul.
    (He has a better chance of winning in November than Ron)

    January 10, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  10. Mark C. Eades

    As John McCain's profile rises among his Republican rivals, his close and deep relationships with lobbyists are certain to haunt him despite his carefully-crafted image as an "independent" and a "maverick." In an election year charged with anger at Washington insiders, McCain is the ultimate insider, with more lobbyists working on his staff, advising him, or raising funds for his campaign than any of his rivals. As your paper observed Dec. 31 ("McCain's Unlikely Ties to K Street"), McCain campaign manager Rick Davis is a former lobbyist who has represented major telecom interests, with which McCain's dealings as a member of the Senate Commerce Committee have drawn particular concern (These include actions by McCain in 2003-2004 favoring Cablevision Systems Corporation while soliciting $200,000 in contributions from Cablevision for his "Reform Institute."). McCain's senior adviser is Charles Black of lobbying firm BKSH & Associates, which has also represented telecom interests as well as drug companies and defense contractors, among others. While most candidates deal with lobbyists to some degree, McCain outdeals them all.

    See Washington Post, 12/31/07:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/30/AR2007123002848.html

    January 10, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  11. Seam, Philly, Pa

    Here we go again with the polls. How stupid is the media?

    January 10, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  12. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    The "comeback" kid? Comeback to what? The old Republican Merit System, like Bob Dole got? He will get CREAMED, like Dole did. Remember the bomb, bomb Iran song? Or the Mc Cain Feingold stuff, and sneaky amnesty things? This old guy is past the due date and recycled Washington inside, "same old same old" ho hum. Get a clue guys.

    January 10, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  13. MARY

    I WATCHED THE DEBATES!!..............AGAIN................WHAT IS WITH FOX??
    I HAVE NEVER SEEN SO MUCH STAGING IN MY LIFE. CNN IS THE ONLY NEWS CHANNEL THAT I WOULD EVEN CONSIDER ( PERIOD ) PLEASE TELL ME WHY SO MANY AMERICANS FEEL THE NEED TO BE SO MEAN TOWARD OTHERS AND CANNOT SEE THAT SIMPLE KINDESS WILL GET US MUCH FURTHER IN OUR COUNTRY TO OTHERS, THAN KNOCKING DOWN DOORS TO HURT OTHERS ??
    ( WAKE UP AMERICA ) ITS TIME TO BE KIND TO OUR NEIGHBORS ) !
    I AM PERSONALLY AM SO SICK OF 99 % OF THE CANADIATES TELLING ME WHO AND WHAT THEY ARE...................( CHANGE MEANS ) SAVING THE WORKING MAN !!

    January 10, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  14. China Moon

    How can anyone send Mccain the Seth Lord to the Whitehouse. He was in washington for 27 years, what has he done to help move this country forward, he can't even fix his AZ's immigration problems, what make you think he can fix our nation. If he become the president, BEWARE, we will have the whole Mexico moving to this country, because the seth lord want to use your tax dollar to pay for their medical, education.and welfare,etc,etc,etc. You might as well kiss your hard earn money goodbye. Let's not forget that the seth lord was at the bottom of his naval class, ranked 750 out of 759. We need to send someone that can think, and not falling asleep during the meeting. Go home mccain.

    January 10, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  15. Mike

    McCain is the best in class for the GOP. Giving Rudy or Mitt the power of the Whitehouse would be dangerous.

    January 10, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  16. krited

    Jerad – you must not be from MA... I lived outside Boston when dear ol' Mitt was governor and he was not a conservative – neither social nor fiscal. Don't believe in his conversion to the right. This is only to gain your vote. McCain is the real thing. While you may not agree with everything he supports, you know exactly what he stands for. Mitt is just a Republican version of Slick Wille...and Nobody wants to go through that again.

    January 10, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  17. RT

    On the conservative spectrum, Romney is clearly the most conservative and by far the most capable of leading the country following a push presidency.

    The tough guy antics of Fred, Rudy, and McCain... and the sticky sweet story-telling Huckabee are not what we need right now.

    Rather, a disciplined, level minded CEO who can lead.

    Huckabee touts "we need a president who reminds you of the guy you work with, not the guy that layed you off." I say, if you got layed off you probably deserved it and luckily the CEO had enough vision and foresight to do something about it.

    January 10, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  18. Brenda

    Who cares with a warmonger?

    January 10, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  19. Tom NY

    McCain wants to be in Iraq and at war for 100 years. I thought the surge worked?

    January 10, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  20. Tim, Mn

    I hope McCain doesn't bring his mommy with him to S.C. . I can never tell who the older looking one is.

    January 10, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  21. Brent, Gulfport MS

    The perfect matchup in Novemeber would be Obama vs. McCain. Either one would be a win for America. What we need is someone who can be the uniter that Bush said he would be back in 2000, and these are the two best qualified to get the job done.

    If Obama gets the Democratic nomination, he beats any of the Republican candidates, McCain included, hands down. If Hillary gets it, she loses to any of them save for Mitt. The simple reason is that Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney are both vicious and divisive. All I ever hear from either of their mouths are attacks on other candidates, and it's that kind of political sniping that has led to the broken government we have now.

    January 10, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  22. Stephen

    To my good friends in South Carolina I say please don't be fooled by John McCain. He says one thing and does another. Just look at his voting record. Check it out at http://www.congress.org. He's not at all serious about illegal immigration, he's just saying what it takes to get elected. I'm from NC and we both have a major problem with illegal aliens among our states. We must elect a man that's serious about fixing this problem.

    January 10, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  23. Zeek Lancer

    I am lost in this country :(

    Ron Paul is clearly the only realistic candidate. I hate to think this, but the way the primaries have gone thus far I get the feeling that somebody is playing the american people as the fool.

    -Zeek

    January 10, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  24. TOM

    I AM A DEMOCRAT...BEFORE THIS LAST YEAR OR SO...BEFORE JOHN MCCAIN NUZZLED UP TO THE BUTT OF GEORGE W. I ALWAYS SAID I COULD VOTE FOR HIM. AFTER THIS LAST YEAR OR SO THAT IS NO LONGER AN OPTION. JOHN MCCAIN IS GEORGE W. BUSH WARMED UP A LITTLE.

    January 10, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  25. Joel Persson

    I insist that that no one in the Republican Party can beat the Democrats in November unless they receive the support of the evangelical conservatives. These folks will not support, with energy, anyone who is not clear in his stand on abortion and the traditional family, These two points are non-negotiables. As it stands, only Fred Thompson and Mike Huckabee qualify. So, any other candidate who might win the Republican nomination, however we feel about him, will mean an automatic Democratic win. in November.

    January 11, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
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