Poll: Lindsey Graham has nowhere to go but up in Iowa, New Hampshire

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s presidential hopes are starting at the statistical bottom in the key states of Iowa and New Hampshire, a recent survey of Republicans in the 2016 White House discussion shows.

But he’s near the top in South Carolina.

A poll this week by the conservative Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions shows Graham’s support is negligible — with a 1 percent following or less — in the key early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada.

He was at a statistical zero percent in Iowa when grouped against 12 other Republicans in the current field.

He was also at zero percent in New Hampshire as well, but was at 1 percent in Nevada.

At home, Graham is running much stronger. Among 400 traditional GOP voters here surveyed this month, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was out front as the most popular choice but was in a statistical tie with Graham, R-S.C., and others.

Walker is at 12 percent, while Graham is next at 11 percent. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is at 10 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is at 9 percent.

A recent Gravis Marketing poll, which did not include Graham, showed Bush out front with 18 percent in South Carolina, indicating he would have the most to gain if Graham opts against a White House run.

The telephone survey was conducted by TargetPoint Consulting between Jan. 30th and Feb. 3. About 400 likely primary voters were contacted in each state, except in New Hampshire where 3,000 were surveyed.

The South Carolina numbers carry a 5 percent margin of error.

Graham is currently in an exploratory phase of a White House bid and said he will decide by May whether to run.

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