South Carolina Polls Give Mike Huckabee, Barack Obama Big Leads

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 8, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

South Carolina Polls Give Mike Huckabee, Barack Obama Big Leads Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 8,

Columbia, SC ( — After voters in New Hampshire put their mark on the 2008 presidential primaries, the next battleground for the candidates is in the southern state of South Carolina. Polling firms hadn’t released the results of surveys there until late Monday and two new ones find Mike Huckabee and Barack Obama in the lead.

On the Republican side, a Rasmussen poll shows Huckabee with a 28 to 21 percentage point lead over John McCain.

Mitt Romney comes in with 15 percent of the Republican vote, Fred Thompson has 11 percent, Rudy Giuliani 10 percent and Ron Paul four percent.

Another GOP poll by Survey USA puts Huckabee’s lead at a higher clip with a 36 to 19 percentage advantage over Mitt Romney. In that survey, McCain comes in third with 17 percent, Thompson has 11, Giuliani 9 and Ron Paul five percent.

Huckabee won the Iowa caucus vote and should McCain win in New Hampshire, a third failure to win an early primary state may spell doom for the other candidates.

Thompson’s campaign appears to be making South Carolina a last stand and he has the support of National Right to Life and South Carolina Citizens for Life, but pro-life voters appear to be headed to Huckabee given his better showing in the polls and in Iowa.

Looking at the Democratic picture, Obama, who won Iowa and is expected to win today in New Hampshire, has a runaway lead in South Carolina as well.

Rasmussen puts the race at 42 percent for him, 30 percent for Hillary Clinton and John Edwards has 14 percent.

The Survey USA poll also has Obama leading but with 50 percent of the Democratic vote while Clinton gets 30 percent and Edwards 16 percent.

Should Obama win in New Hampshire and then capture the South Carolina primary, he may sew up the nomination.