October 13th, 2010
04:17 PM ET
4 years ago

Republicans lead in South Carolina

(CNN) - Tea Party favorites have taken the lead in major South Carolina races. Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley and Republican Sen. Jim DeMint are ahead in a new Winthrop Poll of likely voters released Wednesday.

Haley leads Democratic state representative Vincent Sheheen by 9 percent, but 26 percent of Haley supporters and 18 percent of Sheehen supporters say they might change their minds before Election Day in November.

In the Senate race, DeMint leads Democratic nominee Alvin Greene with 58 percent to Greene's 11 percent among likely voters, but 30 percent of Democrats say they would support Greene in the general election.

Fifty percent of all individuals polled say they agree with the principles of the Tea Party, and 20 percent say they belonged to the Tea Party, compared with 30 percent of Republicans.

The South Carolina gubernatorial race received national attention during the primary when former Alaska Republican Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed the largely unknown Haley. She and Sheheen have since launched attack ads in the state.

For his part, DeMint has spent the election season voicing support for more conservative Republican candidates. Greene shocked the political world when he won the Democratic nomination for DeMint's seat after not campaigning for the seat. He was since indicted on obscenity charges.

The latest Winthrop Poll surveyed 741 likely voters over the phone from October 5-10. The results have a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percent.


–CNN Senior Political Editor Mark Preston contributed to this report


Filed under: 2010 • Alvin Greene • Jim DeMint • Nikki Haley • South Carolina • Vincent Sheheen
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Jennifer

    Republicans leading in the deep south? You don't say...

    October 13, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    No surprises here. As if the GOP plant Green that is unemployed and conveniently finds 10K to run every had a chance?

    October 13, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. Beverly - NYC

    Republican candidates doing well in the south, stop the presses!! Is Ms. Schwartz new to the planet? This is hardly earth shattering news.

    October 13, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. Darth Vadik, CA

    South Carolina is not exactly the center of intellectual knowledge, the countryside is beautiful, but that is about it.
    Stupid is as stupid does....

    October 13, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. Adalbert

    There is no surprise here. SC is in the bible belt and it is an intellectually impaired backward state populated by mostly uneducated hicks.

    October 13, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. Grimm

    Yawn... not the least bit surprising or news worthy.

    October 13, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "Republicans lead in South Carolina"

    Water is wet. Puppies poop on the rug. The Pope wears a silly hat. SC is an intellectual wasteland. Story at 11.

    October 13, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "As if the GOP plant Green that is unemployed and conveniently finds 10K to run every had a chance?"

    Now now...you know very well that all those registered Republicans who voted for him during the OPEN primary were feeling mighty disaffected and let down by their party for its failure to stir up quite enough hate and fear over the past 2 years. They might vote for Green again if the GOP doesn't get it in gear and instigate a national emergency.

    October 13, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. diridi

    SC do not vote for GOP lady from India....she sells to India for 12 cents....GOP sold this nation to Saudi Arabia for oil...you are paying 2.89 cents at pump....which should be 23 cents per gal an...o.k. Don't be idiotic...vote for any Dem...God bless you...SC...Do not listen to old thugs...listen to this educated one...

    October 13, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Anyone surprised????????? South Carolina one of our Nation's poorest states is enslaved by the GOP. Nothing new.

    South Carolina is a solid Red state.

    October 13, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    Imagine that. The rethugs lead in SC. I am sure what's her face will take care of all the credit. Too bad (or good) that this one will not have to pay her back in 2012.

    October 13, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. Why are Rush and his Mafia in hiding all the time?

    Im hoping DeMint slips on a banana peel and falls into a pile of horse feces.

    October 13, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  13. Thelma Webster

    Of course the Republicans will win in the Southern States. Hey, this is the South...nothing changes. The southerners still have that "southern mentality."

    October 13, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. Dan

    Demint-" Gay people and unwed mothers should not be permitted to be school teachers" Demint-Huge lead in the SC polls. SC has officially passed Kentucky, Florida, Texas and Arizona as the state with the lowest composite IQ in the history of the world.

    October 13, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. Gale

    Gosh, in any state where Republican candidates are in the lead, then they are just stupid. Boy, aren't you Democrats nice people. Makes you want to be just like them. NOT!

    October 13, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. Century21

    They forgot about Tim Scott...he's not exactly getting the fawning treatment Obama did when he was running for Congress a mere 6 years ago.

    October 13, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Voting for Haley, does this mean that Americans have finally been awaken and do want Gov. Bobby Jindal for President.

    October 13, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. George of the jungle

    only in the south. These people are really idiots. But then they think we want all their guns to. Vote the repos out or go backwards.

    October 13, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |