Republican U.S. Senate candidate Nancy Mace said today "we are in second place" in the six-way duel to take incumbent Lindsey Graham into a runoff.

Mace's read differs from a new Clemson University poll out this morning that put her in fourth place in the field, with a 2 percent following among Republican voters.

Speaking with reporters during a morning conference call, Mace said she doesn't follow polls or claims made by the other candidates, or the "horse race" talk.

But she added that her reading of the field says she is in second place heading toward a possible runoff if Graham does not get better than 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary.

"We have done everything we possibly can to finish strong," she said, as she declared that "momentum is on our side."

Mace's read differs from a Clemson University poll out this morning that put her in fourth place, with a 2 percent following among Republican voters.

Mace's comments came during a morning conference call with state media called six days ahead of next week's primary. The call was called to promote what she described as her "Empowering the American People Plan."

Her ideas included eliminated the IRS and going to a consumption tax, and ensuring that no U.S. military action is taken without a declaration of war from the US Congress, among other planks.

Other candidates in the race include Columbia pastor Det Bowers, state Sen. Lee Bright of Spartanburg, Upstate businessman Richard Cash, Orangeburg attorney Bill Connor, and Columbia lawyer Benjamin Dunn.