January 10th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Poll: McCain bounce in South Carolina

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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. Sarah

    Good news!!!!!!

    January 10, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. anonymous

    here we go again with the polls!

    January 10, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  3. ak

    I was impressed with the polls until I looked at who did the polling. Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll. I can't believe CNN is giving any credit to Fixed News Polling.

    THE POLL WAS DONE BY FIXED NEWS NETWORK, FOLKS. Take it for what it's worth.

    January 10, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  4. Jerad

    South Carolina Republicans have to wake up! McCain is way too liberal to survive a national election. Have we forgotten McCain -Feingold, his vote against the Bush tax cuts, his opposition to the Federal Marriage Ammendment, and his weak stance on illegal immigration? Is this our conservative candidate for President? I don't think so. Giuliani's late-state strategy is going to fail him. Thompson never caught fire. Huckabee can't survive outside the bible-belt. Mitt Romney is our best chance in November '08. He has the vision, leadership abilities, experience, and strength to lead this country into the 21st century. We cannot send the same people back to Washington and expect a different result. He has done the best in the caucuses and primaries thus far. He is leading in the delegate count by 30 – 21 over Huckabee according to CNN. He is going to win Michigan and do very well in Nevada, or he will win there too. It is going to be Mitt Romney is November!

    January 10, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. Nando, Florida

    GOP please put this OLD man on your ticket he will Be easy pickings for BARAK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HIM and BLONDE !!!!!!!!!!

    BARAK OBAMA 08,12

    January 10, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. Scott

    Sorry to correct the McCain supporters, but when McCain voted against the Bush tax cuts he said he voted against them because it gave an advantage to the rich and took from the middle class. This is the same argument that Kennedy and Kerry gave for voting against the tax cuts. This is a recorded FACT. So now McCain is not only lying about his imagration plan (AMNISTY), now he’s lying about why he voted against the tax cuts. I ask the McCain supporters to do some research on your candidate before casting your vote. You may be suprised at what you find. Unless you are “in the closet Liberals”.

    January 10, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  7. Roy, Gaithersburg, MD

    I've said this before and I'll say it again: these numbers don't add up.
    McCain: 25
    Romney: 18 (25-7)
    Huckabee: 17
    Thompson: 9

    25+18+17+9 = 69%

    Assuming the numbers are supposed to add up close to 100%, where is the other 30% or so?
    It is missing like those pieces of the pie chart we were exposed to during the Iowa caucus and NH primary coverage!!

    January 10, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  8. john

    The "bounce" he got from New Hampshire in 2000 didn't last. Southern voters
    prefer southern candidates. Huckabee will win because he will remind voters
    there that McCain sponsored, along with Ted Kennedy, amnesty for illegal
    aliens. This stuff is anethma in the Palmetto State.

    January 10, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  9. kevin

    I prefer John McCain to win the presidentail election, he is honesty and tell the trueth about what American people need.

    January 10, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  10. deroy

    the dumbest man in the political race.
    finishd 594 out of 597 at the naval academy.

    lives in cindy's daddy's house.
    not even clinton that cheap although he likes public housing.

    john mccain and george bush are secretly democrats.

    January 10, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  11. bruce

    does anybody think that bill clinton"s affairs in the white house and arkansas when he was governor hurt hillary"s chances?

    January 10, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  12. Jonah, Lincoln MA

    McCain will be a disaster for the Republican party. He's sure to lose a national election. Not only will he be painted (rather correctly) as a downright warmonger, but he'll look like he belongs in a nursing home next to Obama. The man is a fossil. America needs someone new.

    January 10, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  13. matt

    Here comes so more bogus polls!

    January 10, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  14. Jerry, LA, CA

    So, you still believe in polls?

    January 10, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  15. Hogar of Denver

    Have they forgot about Huck already?

    January 10, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  16. Bill - Columbia Md

    Looks like McCain might win in Michigan and in South Carolina. If that happens, the race will effectively be over, for everyone else, including Rudy. The wild card will be whether or not McCain makes a gaff that sinks his viability as a candidate.

    January 10, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  17. DV

    Look out for possible Push Poll phone calls from "Independant Polling Companies" spreading lies about McCain's alleged "treachery" whilst a Vietnam P.O.W and his "fathering of an illegitimate black child" soon

    January 10, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  18. John

    Fox is more credible than CNN.

    A recent study by George Mason Univ. said FOX had the fairest coverage of candidates

    January 10, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  19. Jake, California

    Obama leads by 9-10% and Clinton wins New Hamshire.

    So then CNN since your poll losers win the actual voting, you project that Romney or Huckabee will win South Carolina, No?

    January 10, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  20. pt

    Is that McCain's wife? The comeback kid still got it.

    January 10, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  21. Jim in Orlando, FL

    Well, one thing that WILL come out of SC. Thompson's late entry will be rewarded with an early exit.

    January 10, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  22. Rob

    McCain can't do it anyways. He's too old & liberal.

    January 10, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  23. Schnarfe

    @pt: Great observation! What's with Republican presidential candidates and trophy wives. Is that what America's image-obsessed culture decayed to?

    So 40% of the vote (according to FAUX News & Opinion Dynamics) remains for Fred Thompson, Rudy Giuliani, and Ron Paul. GO RON PAUL! You beat Rudy and Fred one time each, now beat them both! Do well enough and you can stop the Huckster!

    On the other hand, can we really trust a poll projecting that McCain will win South Carolina. No doubt Jewish Zionists in New Hampshire hoisted McCain to first place, but I thought Thompson was projected to win S. Carolina...

    I do not understand why anybody would vote for John McCain. The man is an imperialist tyrant. Remember when he said he had no problem with keeping American troops in Iraq for 100 years? The United States has already been policing the world for over a century! We do not need another century of American Empire. Why would anyone vote for that imperialist hack? I dislike Bush, and never did like him, but I would rather elect Bush dictator for life than elect McCain for a single four-year term!

    January 10, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  24. Austin

    We need someone like Romney. God bless you Romney. Our country needs you more than you need us. President Romney '08

    January 10, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  25. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    Huckabee is a phony, a criminal's sympathizer and a hypocrite. He cannot carry on an intelligent adult conversation (believe me, I'm in Iowa, I've heard them all) without coming up with a freakin' Gomer Pyle comment which causes many of us to think he may believe that the Presidential role is for a comedian! He even commented on having Colbert as a running mate. I think this guy is seriously poking fun at us with his joke of a campaign and he's laughing all the way to South Carolina now. He's hijacked the Republican Party and too many of them are drinking his Kook-aid.
    NO to Huckabee!
    NO to Clinton!
    NO to continued division of this country!

    January 10, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
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