(CNN) – John McCain is losing to Mike Huckabee among South Carolina Republican primary voters who identify themselves as conservative, but he is overwhelmingly leading among those who say they are moderate or liberal.
According to CNN exit polls, two-thirds of the GOP primary voters identified themselves as conservative. Those voters are breaking for Huckabee, 33 percent to 26 percent.
Meanwhile, roughly a quarter of the GOP primary voters said they were moderates, and 7 percent said they were liberal. McCain edged Huckabee among moderates by 29 points, and among liberals by 27 points.
McCain’s support among South Carolina conservatives has decreased slightly since 2000. In that primary, the Arizona senator won support from 29 percent of conservative voters.
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney