by Steven Ertelt
January 10, 2008
Columbia, SC (LifeNews.com) — A new poll of South Carolina residents shows John McCain leading Mike Huckabee in the race for the Republican nomination and Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in the contest for the Democratic nod. The poll shows a significant change from others released before the New Hampshire primary showing Huckabee winning.
The new survey, conducted by the Rasmussen firm, finds McCain in the lead with the backing of 27 percent of Republicans in the southern state.
Huckabee pulls in the support of 24 percent, Romney has the support of 16 percent and Fred Thompson, who is making what appears to be a last stand here, has just 12 percent. Rudy Giuliani and Ron Paul have six and five percent each.
That’s a significant change from the last Rasmussen poll in the state released between the Iowa and New Hampshire votes, showing Huckabee leading 28 to 21 percent over McCain.
It’s also a change from an Insider Advantage firm poll just before New Hampshire that had Huckabee getting the support of 33 percent of Republicans and McCain with 21 percent.
Mitt Romney, who came in second place in both Iowa and New Hampshire, polled third in that survey with 17 percent.
The race for the January 19 primary remains fluid as just 57 percent of South Carolina Republicans are certain of their choice.
All of the Republican candidates, except Giuliani, say they oppose abortion and want Roe v. Wade reversed.
They all oppose federal funding of embryonic stem cell research except McCain and Giuliani; and Romney supports some embryonic stem cell research using human embryos from fertility clinics.
On the Democratic side, the new Rasmussen poll shows Barack Obama with a strong 42 to 30 percentage point lead over Hillary Clinton. John Edwards, who represented neighboring North Carolina in the Senate, fares poorly in his home region with just 15 percent of the vote.
The numbers are on par with the Insider Advantage survey out this week that had Obama leading with 40 percent of the vote, Clinton getting the support of 33 percent of Democrats and Edwards 15 percent.
All of the Democratic presidential candidates are pro-abortion and want to force taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research.