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. Adam

    First off, the Republican polling was very accurate, so the polling problems might be only on the Democratic side. Everyone should just be a little more civil when talking about people and their intentions. I'd like to see some more LIBERAL DEMOCRACY in the republic.

    January 11, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  2. Wade Enns

    When People start asking if they want a WAR MONGER for a leader McCain will be toast.

    McCain has some crazy ideas, the question is what is he going to gut to pay for it.

    Hillary is a manipulator so she would be even worse.

    January 11, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  3. Steven Bengtson Sr.

    Way to go John! I'm a Democrat but most Americans probably support John McCain on some level even if we won't be voting for him. I am sure he lends credibility to your party.

    January 11, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  4. TommyGOT!

    What the U.S and indeed the world need at this stage of her evolution is a strong mind with humane instincts......Hillary Clinton epitomizes these characteristics.

    January 11, 2008 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  5. David Pate

    Good to hear. The comments above about Romney being the GOP pick in November is absurd. Romney will not be the pick. Listen up here: YOU CANT BUY AN ELECTION. Romney lost in Iowa, after spending millions. Romney lost in New Hampshire, after spending millions. The only reason he won in Wyoming is because NO CANDIDATES tried there. McCain has more experience than Romney, BY FAR. Not to Mention the USA will not ELECT a MORMON. If you legitimately think a MORMON will be elected, you dont know the United States.

    January 11, 2008 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  6. Hose

    What is this? You can only mention Ron Paul when you're calling him a racist?

    January 11, 2008 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  7. Okey Onoh

    A 360 degree-leadership change is required in the USA. This means a change of the party at the center and a brand new guy in charge. These two requirements sum up to only one man – OBAMA. Unfortunately, I am not an American and wont be voting anyway. But if the US wants to regain its moral leadership role in the world, they must change the way their country has been running in the last 8 years. Clinton is not an option because she is not different from the Bush guys. You need a new beginning and BARAK OBAMA will provide that new beginning.

    The US is more than a country. You have to show the rest of the world the way forward. Recall that Bush's rigged elections resulted in election riggings all over the world. Therefore, ensure that you do the right things now: we are watching. We are willing to follow your leadership only if, it is right and just.

    January 11, 2008 03:37 am at 3:37 am |
  8. independent in america

    are there ANY obama supporters who are older than 13 on here? do they even have any adults supervising his campaign?

    geez jen all this time we thought you were a demwit – now we see that you are just another antihillary groupie = you're the ones who voted huck number one in iowa so don't boo hoo hoo too...

    🙁 the rest of us are really fed up with having the polls, pundits, iowa, NH and the media drive the elections and tell us who we're going to end up with for president!!!!

    January 11, 2008 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  9. PJ

    In the honest european countries you aren't allowed to poll when the election has started – they should follow that in the US

    January 11, 2008 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  10. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Hypothetical Question: How would our country be different if Kove/Bush/Cheney hadn't run one of the dirtiest campaigns ever in SC .... and if the voters had seen through the lies and helped elect McCain in 2000??

    What is truly scary about this southern state is the response to Preacher Mike as quoted today:

    "In a 90-minute debate that touched on economic issues, foreign policy and immigration, Huckabee drew the loudest applause of the night from the audience when he was asked about having quoted a Biblical passage saying a wife "has to submit herself graciously" to her husband."

    Here we go again ... back to the 19th century or before!

    January 11, 2008 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  11. tiliyeah

    i think jen ceder falls has it right on...GOMER PYLE i just said last night ..wow huckabee missed his calling he should have been a comedian-he has all these one-liners !...and here i read it on this blog...ha ah .

    good tital for a comedy.


    January 11, 2008 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  12. Car D in WV

    The American voters are like sheep.... led willy-nilly and by the nose chasing "new" notions dictated by polls, demographically unrepresentative primary results (New Hampshire), and the media. Toss on a slate of elusive claims and promises made by candidates as the icing and the voters begin lining up and bleating. McCain's campaign was deader than a fossil in the Arizona desert. A single victory in a demographically obscure New England state and suddenly he's the flavor of the day?? His positions haven't changed since late 2007, have they even changed since 2004? So what's new and inspiring about him? I guess all you have to do is say the word "Change" about a hundred times, win an obscure primary, and act macho and you're morphed into the "new " politician.

    January 11, 2008 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  13. Mark G., BBH, ME

    Wake Up America!

    You are being duped.

    January 11, 2008 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  14. Boyd in Sc

    When will Huckabee supporters wake up and realize that he is a liberal in all things but the "Fair Tax" and social issues?! He wanted to give scholarship money to illegal aliens saying that they shouldn't be penalized for the crimes of their parents! How about the citizen children who couldn't get a scholarship because it was given away to an illegal alien? He increased taxes, and pardoned or parolled way too many criminals! The Democrats could use a video against him like Bush used against Dukakis! He says he was reelected because he was a conservative, but Bill Clinton was also reelected, and I wouldn't consider his policies all that conservative. I also have an issue against a person that won't run a negative ad, but then will play it to the reporters so that they can run it for him for free! See like a bit of hypocrisy to me!

    January 11, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  15. Josh in IL

    The only hope republicans have to win in November is John McCain with the hope that Obama does not win the Dem nominee. I believe that there are many if not the majority of mid-west and southern democrats that will not vote for Hillary Clinton and would be willing to vote McCain if he was to win the nominee. And I am one of them. McCain can win a national election if only your party would get behind him and not some person that is just a social conservative and a lacky to corp america, because obviously that does not work, thanks for Bush..

    Also McCain is the only person running on both sides of the aisle that has never changed his stance on the war and from the beginning has had the plan to win it, and only now people (bush) are listening with the Surge.. McCain preached this 6 years ago and only now they listen..

    January 11, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  16. Glazed, Detroit metro

    At last, a great person appears to be getting some attention. We still have some for decent folk.

    January 11, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  17. Tim, Minnesota

    When McCain gets knocked out, he should endorse Ron Paul.

    January 11, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  18. Rod

    Give us a break about Ron Paul. He is a real phony. Let me give you an example. He speaks out a lot about "earmarks." I saw someone interviewing him recently and they put him on the spot about the subject. Apparently, his congressional district in Texas gets all kinds of earmarks that "he" puts into the various bills. Then, knowing that the bills will pass, he votes against them saying , "I vote against all earmarks." Now, if that isn't a big phony, I don't know what one is. Have any of you heard about him doing such things. Also, don't care much about his view on taxes. I believe he and Huckabee support the so called, "Fairtax" nonsense.

    January 11, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  19. Joann, Cranston RI

    Man I forget which candidate had the Nerve to say "do we really want to see a woman grow old in the White House?" but what a nerve. Look at this guy (Mccain) he looks like "death warmed over" but Ron Paul looks even older. Honestly I don't know what make these old men have to come out and run for President – they won't live long enough to finish their term – and notice how they all get the pretty younger wives – cause thery're all millionaires. Guy, retire and enjoy you Millions, America is not ready for "death warmed over" running our country.

    January 11, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  20. jamie

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

    BARAK OBAMA 08,12"

    Why are you Obama supporters so vitriolic and hateful? If you have something of substance to say, then go ahead; I guess you are only good at bashing your opponents with irrelevant and childish comments.

    January 11, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  21. Nico

    Dear friends,

    All of you who think that McCain is great for our country, a straight shooter and honest, I would highly recommend taking note of the Cato Institute's podcast of 9 JAN, "McCain – Myth of a Maverick" (http://www.cato.org/dailypodcast/podcast-archive.php).

    January 11, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  22. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Isn't this is the same state that continued to elect Strom Thurman – when he was like 98?? Ok...now New Hampshire and South Carolina can't vote anymore....theres something in the water

    January 11, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. Paul

    Do the news media have a big bunch of polls sitting somewhere in a file cabinet that they pull out whenever they've decided its time to coronate another candidate. Its utterly tedious and destructive to democracy. These polls are just generated by hyping a candidate in the media and then calling around and saying "say, did you see the great piece we ran on McCain the comeback kid yesterday?"

    The best thing of all is the stupid key-terms on the CNN bar at the top of the page. For a month it has been "Election 2008" and after Iowa it said "Obama" and "Huckabee" and then the day after NH it changed to "Clinton" and "McCain". It's not just CNN, but this is flagrant throughout the US news coverage –

    (Picture your CNN waiter) "So, you're interested in the election? Wouldn't you like to hear about our special offers today sir? We've got Clinton and McCain going cheap and tasty? I'm afraid we're all out of Richardson and Thompson. In fact, why don't I just bring you what I think you need to know and then I'll tell you whether you liked it or not?"

    I don't completely discount polls – they meant something until Jan 3rd – but now they are too powerful for the news media to resist playing with.

    January 11, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. Lynn

    I've read the posts, and there seems to be more personal bashing of the candidates going on than discussion of the issues. The truth is that John McCain is a good Republican with the fatal flaw of being a warmonger. That has nothing to do with his age or his looks. Mitt Romney only has his looks going for him, as he will tell us anything we want to hear–just empty promises. Thompson and Huckabee both showed how much they are itching for a reason to send the infidels "to their 40 virgins" and to "the gates of hell." That doesn't sound like anyone I'd like talking to foreign leaders.

    Listen up, GOP: I am one of those Democrats you're hoping to get, and I would vote for Ron Paul over any Democratic candidate, but I'd vote for any Democratic candidate over any of the other Republican candidates. Enough said?

    January 11, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. Ainars

    Mccain is best candidate. He was against Rumsfeld. He support mariage and life. He is against tourchur, against lobying. He is more than 20 twenty years epierence. There is no best candidate in America today, than John Maccain.

    January 11, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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