Friday, May 21, 2010

Sheheen out in front in latest Dem polling

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Fri, May 21, 2010 at 9:39 AM

State Sen. Vincent Sheheen is leading the latest Democratic Primary polling. The latest results from Rasmussen also shows Sheheen and Education Superintendent Jim Rex are far ahead of state Sen. Robert Ford, who is running his campaign solely on his plan to bring video poker and casino gambling to South Carolina.

In early March polling, Sheheen and Rex were tied at 16 percent, with Ford at 12 percent. In the new poll, Sheheen has 30 percent to Rex's 22 percent. Ford has lost two-thirds of his previous support, now at 4 percent.

This is where Rex's trouble raising money really comes into play. He's running out of time to get out there and move the other half of the Democratic Party faithful who haven't picked one of the three candidates. If they don't make a decision, they're just not showing up on Primary Day, June 8.

Asked for an opinion of the candidates, 36 percent said they had no opinion of Rex and 40 percent said they had no opinion of Sheheen. The problem for Rex is that Sheheen has the money to introduce himself to these voters.

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