With South Carolina’s Republican Primary for Governor less than three weeks away, State Representative Nikki Haley, coming off a fresh endorsement by Sarah Palin, now leads the GOP pack.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary voters shows Haley earning 30% support. She’s followed by State Attorney General Henry McMaster who picks up 19% and Congressman Gresham Barrett with 17%. Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer captures 12% of the vote. [...]
Haley, who trails the other three Republicans in fundraising and has long been viewed as the underdog, already had the support of popular former South Carolina First Lady Jenny Sanford. But on Friday she was endorsed by Palin at a widely-publicized statehouse rally. Primary turnout is always unpredictable, but the high-profile endorsement is undoubtedly good for Haley’s name recognition, especially among a conservative electorate with a strong Tea Party tinge.
Haley, in fact, now has a slightly larger lead among conservative GOP voters than she has among Republican voters in general. Women voters are nearly twice as likely as male voters to still be undecided, and several political analysts say the “rock star sisterhood” of Palin and Sanford could be a big boost for Haley’s bid to be the state’s first woman governor.
What Rasmussen did not poll or look into is the lack of any jump in Nikki Haley’s numbers after Romney’s endoresment!