A new poll from a right-leaning firm has Republican Gov. Nikki Haley well ahead of Democratic challenger Vincent Sheheen in the November election.
Haley received 51 percent of support from voters, while Sheheen got 36 percent, according to the poll from Rasmussen Reports.
The Rasmussen poll puts Haley with a much larger lead than two other surveys this summer. Those polls had the candidates in a virtual tie.
A Public Policy Polling survey in June paid by the S.C. Democratic Party had Haley ahead 49 percent to 46 percent. A Susquehanna Polling and Research poll in July done for four S.C. media outlets found the governor leading 46 percent to 42 percent over Sheheen. Both results could be ties within their error margins.
The latest Rasmussen poll taken this week was similar to its findings in April showing Haley led Sheheen 52 percent to 37 percent.
But in the 2010 race, the same pollster had Haley leading Sheheen by 17 percentage points a little more than a month before the election. Haley won by 4.5 percentage points.
In the new Rasmussen poll, six percent of the 750 likely South Carolina voters surveyed said they prefer another candidate. Petition candidate Tom Ervin, Libertarian Steve French and United Citizens candidate Bruce Reeves also are on the ballot.
Seven percent of voters were undecided. The margin of error was plus or minus 4 percentage points.