Thursday, December 6, 2007

Rasmussen: South Carolina Turned Upside Down

Wow, and wow some more.

In the latest Rasmussen Polls, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton's 13 point lead from two months ago has shrunk to 2 points over Barack Obama in the key early primary state of South Carolina. At the end of September, Hillary was up 43%-30% on Obama. As of today, her lead is now a slim margin of 36%-34%.

On the GOP side in South Carolina, whose primary is a week earlier than the Dems, Mike Huckabee has surged to 1st place with 25%, which gives the former Arkansas governor a 7 point lead over both Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson, who both pulled in 18% apiece. At the end of September, Thompson led Romney by a margin of 24%-15% (and led Giuliani by 3 points, but Giuliani has also slipped 9 points in South Carolina since then), and Huckabee was in 5th place with only 3%!

With less than a month to go until the Iowa caucus, what other surprises are in store for us?


The Richmond Democrat said...

The big Barack Obama-Oprah Winfrey rallies are this weekend. It will be interesting to see what their impact will be. The tickets are in high demand and attendance will be measured in the tens of thousands. Think about that for a second: tens of thousands.

Phil Chroniger said...

The question is...will it translate to votes...or is it already people who are part of the 25% or so that Obama is polling nationally?

Still, this is a HUGE coup for Obama to gain support, and it's timing is impeccable.