GOP nominee Tom Rice has a commanding lead of nearly 13 points over Democrat Gloria Tinubu for South Carolina's new 7th Congressional district seat in the Pee Dee, according to a poll released from Winthrop University today.
Rice, the Horry County Council chairman who has received backing from Gov. Nikki Haley, was the choice of 48.9 percent of likely voters over Tinubu, a Coastal Carolina University economist, who received 36.2 percent.
Another 10.3 percent of voters said they were still undecided. Two percent chose another candidate while 2.5 percent refused to answer.
The district, created to accommodate the state’s population growth, covers an eight-county area that includes Myrtle Beach, Florence, Marion, Dillon, Darlington and Georgetown. The district, drawn by the Republican-controlled General Assembly, is considered by political analysts as a good bet for a GOP candidate to win.
Rice defeated former Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer in the Republican runoff. Tinubu, a former Georgia lawmaker who moved backed to the region where she was born, surprised Myrtle Beach attorney Preston Brittain despite not having the support from the state Democratic leadership.
The Winthrop poll was based on responses from Sept. 23-30 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.