As South Carolina Republicans prepare for a run-off election in two weeks, 81% of GOP Primary voters say they are likely to vote for Nikki Haley if she is the party’s nominee in September. A Rasmussen Reports election night survey found that 70% say they are likely to vote for Congressman Gresham Barrett if he is the Republican nominee.
The two candidates will meet again after yesterday’s primary in which Haley, a state representative, picked up 49% of the vote, while Barrett finished second to qualify for a run-off with 22%. The winner will initially be favored in a general election match-up against Democrat nominee, State Senator Vincent Sheheen.
Sixty-four percent (64%) of Haley’s supporters say they’d be likely to vote for Barrett. Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Barrett’s supporters say they’d cast a ballot for Haley. Haley has run her campaign as a challenge to politics as usual and
began the run-off campaign by declaring “It’s us versus the Establishment.”
During intense primary battles, supporters of one candidate often say they won’t vote for the party nominee in November. That was the case in 2008 as a large number of Hillary Clinton’s supporters said they were not likely to support Barack Obama in the general election campaign. However, by Election Day, most Clinton supporters came home and voted for their party’s nominee.
Thirty-nine percent (39%) of voters in the South Carolina Republican Primary say they’re affiliated with the Tea Party movement. Tea Party voters favored Haley over Barrett by a 59% to 19% margin.