Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley has lost half her lead over Democratic rival Vincent Sheheen in the past month, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll released Thursday.
Support for Haley is below 50 percent.
But the poll shows Haley still leads Sheheen by nine percentage points, mirroring a Winthrop University poll released last week.
The telephone survey of 500 likely voters by Republican-leaning Rasmussen was conducted Oct. 19, the same night as the candidates’ first gubernatorial debate in Spartanburg. Haley registered 47 percent support among those polled, while Sheheen had 38 percent support. A Rasmussen poll a month ago said Haley had a 17-percentage point lead, 50-33.
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Both campaigns say the contest is closing, less than two weeks from Election Day. Sheheen’s campaign has touted Democratic-leaning polls that show the two candidates in a statistical tie. No poll has shown Sheheen leading.