A new poll released today shows Democrat Vincent Sheheen closing in on Republican Nikki Haley in the race for governor. Haley now leads Sheheen 49%-44%, with 7% of voters still undecided. Even worse for Haley, her lead has been cut in half since late September.
The poll was conducted by Hamilton Campaigns between October 1-4. The survey involved 500 registered South Carolina voters who are likely to vote in November and has a 4.4% margin of error.
A previous survey by Hamilton Campaigns in late September showed Haley with a 10-point lead, indicating that Sheheen has gained considerable ground over the last two weeks. Today’s poll backs up a survey conducted last Thursday by Crantford & Associates which also showed Haley and Sheheen neck-and-neck in the homestretch of the race.
The Hamilton poll also showed that Haley’s mentor Gov. Mark Sanford continues to be an unpopular figure in the Palmetto State. Only 35% of voters had a favorable opinion of the Governor.
A full copy of the latest poll is available here (PDF).