SC Politics: GOP Poll says Haley leads Sheheen; Cruz, Paul coming to SC -- again

October 29, 2013 

GOP poll: Haley leads Sheheen but governor’s favorability lags

Republican Gov. Nikki Haley leads Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen by nine percentage points in their 2014 governor’s race, according to a survey released Tuesday by a GOP pollster.

But Haley’s favorability rating stood at 42 percent, according to Harper Polling, which conducted the poll for the blog Conservative Intelligence Briefing. That has been Haley’s average favorability rating in three polls taken – by Winthrop University and Public Policy Polling – since December. Haley received a 43 percent unfavorability rating.

Sheheen received a 25 percent favorability mark. But nearly half of the 676 likely S.C. voters polled said they were not sure how they felt about the Camden attorney.

Haley led Sheheen 48 percent to 39 percent in the election, according to the poll. Another 13 percent were undecided.

A poll conducted for the Democratic Governors Association last week had Haley leading Sheheen 44 percent to 40 percent. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.53 percentages points, meaning the race could be a statistical tie.

The margin of error in the Harper poll was plus or minus 3.77 percentage points. Republicans accounted for 44 percent of those surveyed in the Harper poll with Democrats made up 33 percent.

Haley beat Sheheen by 4.5 percentage points in their 2010 race.

Andy Shain

Two GOP presidential hopefuls coming to S.C. – again

A pair of Republican U.S. senators who are considered 2016 White House hopefuls – Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky – are visiting South Carolina again in November.

Cruz will speak Monday at the S.C. Renewal Project’s “Pastors’ Policy Briefing” at the DoubleTree hotel on Bush River Road. U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-Charleston, also is scheduled to attend the event, themed “Rediscovering God in America.”

Cruz is making his second trip this year to the state, which has the first presidential primary in the South. Cruz, the lightning rod often blamed for the recent federal government shutdown, was the keynote speaker at the S.C. GOP’s Silver Elephant fundraising dinner in May.

Paul is making his third S.C. visit of 2013 at a Nov. 11 lunch at Charleston’s Harbour Club to benefit the state GOP’s county parties and the S.C. GOP legal fund. Tickets range from $50 to $500, according to the invitation.

Paul attended a meeting of conservatives in Charleston in January, and a $1,500-a-person Greenville fundraiser and a Dixiana fundraising barbecue for the S.C. GOP on June 28.

Andy Shain

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