Pollsters are busy trying to sway the field in South Carolina and this week came another overview.
Polling done for the Democratic Governors Association being distributed today says Gov. Nikki Haley is vulnerable versus Democrat Vincent Sheheen, with pollsters called the race “a dead heat.”
Working for the DGA, Clarity Campaign Labs conducted a poll of registered voters here Oct. 15 -16 that gave Haley about a 44-40 percent lead.
“The poll shows Vincent Sheheen extremely well positioned to defeat Nikki Haley,” the overview said. “Haley’s ratings are well below 50 percent and, in the ballot test, Sheheen is within the margin of error with the undecided vote likely to break in his favor.”
“Governor Haley’s approval ratings are tepid,” the message also said.
The survey included 760 voters contacted both on landlines and cell phones using an operator assisted automated survey sampled from the voter file and weighted using a likely 2014 voter model based on past vote history patterns to reflect a midterm electorate in South Carolina. The margin of error is +/- 3.53%.
“More than twice as many South Carolina voters do not yet have an opinion about Sheheen than Haley, giving him room to grow,” the overview note also said. “Among voters who have an opinion about Sheheen, he actually leads 51% to 42%, with 7% undecided.”
The undecided vote remains fertile ground for Sheheen, “particularly given that undecideds typically break toward the challenger,” the pollsters wrote.
“As Sheheen continues to reintroduce himself around the state, consolidates the Democratic base, and undecided voters break toward the challenger, the race will only tighten further,” the note said.
Expect Republicans to issue a counter move shortly.