June 10th, 2010
01:11 PM ET
13 years ago

Haley touts surging poll numbers after primary win

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/02/art.youtube.cnn.jpg caption="Nikki Haley, seen above in a television ad, is leading her runoff race against Gresham Barrett, a source close to Haley told CNN."](CNN) - Nikki Haley's campaign is touting an internal poll that shows the South Carolina gubernatorial candidate with a commanding lead in her runoff race against Republican rival Gresham Barrett.

Also Thursday, the Republican Governors Association said it considers Haley's lead so imposing that they have no plans to support her financially in the runoff.

"A bonfire 60 feet high doesn't need more fuel poured on it," RGA Executive Director Nick Ayers told CNN. "Nikki's going to be just fine."

The poll, which surveyed likely GOP primary voters on Wednesday, comes as both campaigns are jousting for media exposure and dialing donors for last minute contributions.

Results of the survey were provided to CNN by a source close to Haley. CNN cannot independently verify the methodology of the poll.

The poll shows that Haley's support has shot up 13 points since her dominant showing in Tuesday's Republican primary and she now leads Barrett by a 62-28 margin, according to the poll. Haley finished with 49 percent of the vote on Tuesday, while Barrett trailed a distant second with 22 percent.

Perhaps even more impressive is that the Haley poll indicates 74 percent of primary voters have a favorable view of Haley, while just seven percent have an unfavorable view.

Haley is beating Barrett among those voters who supported Attorney General Henry McMaster in the primary, while she is losing to Barrett among voters who backed Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer. McMaster and Bauer did not qualify for the runoff, which is scheduled for June 22.

"That’s a very interesting one night poll," Barrett adviser Terry Sullivan said when asked for reaction to the numbers. "No reputable pollster would have any confidence in that data, but it also doesn’t take into account that once voters find out that she voted for the Obama stimulus twice and voted to increase the budget by $2 billion in her tenure in the legislature, we think the results will be slightly different."

Haley has said her votes to include stimulus money in the South Carolina budget were simply procedural.

Filed under: 2010 • Gresham Barrett • Nikki Haley • South Carolina
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Glenn Koons

    Rep. Barr. should gracefully drop out and not waste GOP monies for another race. He should join Nikki and whip the Dems in Nov. Period. But knowing the Pubs, they will shoot their wounded.

    June 10, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. Willy Brown

    The question is how low will SC republicans and democrats go to smear her.

    June 10, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. Darth Vadik, CA

    I don't agree with her politics, but this woman sure is HOT.

    I wish I was a blogger...

    June 10, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    If nikki had such a dominant lead on Tuesday why didn't she win? The, of course, it IS SC after all. Liars and cheaters do win in this state.
    She will fit right in with the rest of the losers from that state.

    June 10, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Bill

    Is that her husband in the picture? What a moron, lets the wife get banged by a ton of guys then stands there like a big blob. He needs to get lessons from Jenny Sandford.

    June 10, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. Slick William

    William Jefferson June 10th, 2010 12:01 pm ET

    As distastefull as it was, the other option – the one that conservatives, republicons and tea baggers thought was good – would have us in the worst if not a worse financisl disaster than the Great Depression. There would be no private secotr recovery without finances. there would be no slowing and reversing of the housing ebacle if all the mortgage lenders were out of business. This is one more case that proves beyond a doubt that conservatives have their heads in the rear ends about economics and that Democrats and the President were on the ball and making the call.
    You're out of your mind, the Great Depression was only great due to FDR's spending spree and failed policies, don't believe, just watch, you'll be living it soon. Europe was out in three, the US lasted 10 years until WWII and the end to FDR policies was initiated. 13 trillion and counting, 95% of GDP just to pay the interest....

    June 10, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Can't wait to hear more about this Greene character who won the Dem primary. Nobody expects anything but straight up GOPerism in SC, so Haley's success isn't at all unexpected, but there's a story brewing about Greene...rumblings in the distance, so to speak...will be interesting to see where it leads. I'll leave the conspiracy theories to the goofs, but something certainly smells fishy.

    June 10, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. shawn

    She's gross. I am so thankful I haven't been poisoned by Republican conservatism-hypocrisy-extremism. Yuck.

    June 10, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "internal poll" "source close to Haley"

    You mean Rasmussen?

    June 10, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. lovable liberal

    Nikki Haley was for the stimulus before she was against it.

    Or something...

    June 10, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. Brian

    Haley looks like an idiot lunatic in that photo CNN uses.

    June 10, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. D.

    This will change the dynamics of politics- people's personal business will now return. Jefferson would not had served, Strom wouldn't had served and Sanford stayed in as well as President Clinton. What's the difference in fornication, homosexuality and adultry- sin is sin is sin. Now all clean you can stand and point otherwise we all shut up.

    June 10, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. harold

    What is the lady gonna do for south carolina?.. Cut the budget like crazy.......?...Another Republican Hoax...

    June 10, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    Hmmmm – bet there are lots of good ole boys getting her phone number too.

    Everyone wants to go out of town with her these days.

    June 10, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. Alex

    Just a comment from someone outside the US. I wonder how many millions of dollars would be saved if there weren't all these multiple "elections" before the election. No wonder voter turnout can be so low at times. What's wrong with having a local convention, choosing one candidate, and then concentrating efforts on November, rather than voting again and again, and runoffs and all that. I bet booking a stadium for a couple days and hiring a caterer is probably a lot cheaper than holding all these votes.

    June 10, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. Laura, Massachusetts

    Wouldn't it be easier for him to concede...I guess it's a man thing!!!

    June 10, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. Craig

    I watched this woman talk the press about the alleged affair, her eyes told me she was lying. In an affair the last thing your are going to do is, admit it if someone hasnt found it out about it.

    June 10, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |