Hillary Clinton has sizeable lead in S.C., poll shows

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gestures to the crowd during a democratic presidential candidate forum at Winthrop University last year. AP photo/file

A new poll underscores how former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should have no trouble winning South Carolina’s Democratic primary Saturday.

About 64 percent of likely Democratic voters here said they will vote for her, compared to only 14 percent for Sen. Bernie Sanders. Twenty-two percent said they still have not decided.

The telephone poll of 650 likely voters was taken between Saturday and Thursday and surveyed those who said they plan to vote in this election and who have voted in two of the last three statewide primaries.

Bruce Ransom, a Clemson political science professor and co-director of the poll, said Clinton stands to fare better here than any other state to date.

“After a razor-thin victory by Clinton in the Iowa caucuses, a blowout by Sanders in the New Hampshire primary and a small victory margin by Clinton in the Nevada caucuses, Clinton is perched on the cusp of her own significant primary victory in the Palmetto State,” he said.

The university’s Palmetto Poll of GOP voters earlier this month correctly forecast Donald Trump’s big win here.

That poll had Trump with 28 percent, Sen. Ted Cruz with 19 percent and Sen. Marco Rubio with 15 percetn — and 13 percent undecided. On Feb. 20, Trump won with 33 percent, while Rubio and Cruz both had 22 percent.

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