A recent poll conducted by the Feldman Group shows that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump are tied in South Carolina. Regardless, the state will vote red in November.
South Carolina has a long history of voting for Republican candidates in presidential elections. According to popular informational site 270 to Win, the southern state has not voted for a Democrat since voting for Jimmy Carter in the 1976 election.
On Aug. 23, Rachel Maddow released the poll results during her MSNBC television show. In a match-up between Clinton, Trump, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, and Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, Clinton and Trump each received 39 percent of voter support.
When Maddow announced the results of the Feldman Group’s poll, members of the GOP had mixed reactions.
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Matt Moore, chairman of the Republican Party in South Carolina, tweeted that the poll is “bogus,” as the poll was commissioned by the Democratic Party of South Carolina.
According to Greenville Online, the Feldman Group is a Democratic polling firm. Maddow, a well-known liberal, admitted this fact when announcing the results on her show, but still advocated for the poll’s legitimacy.
Trump’s Senior Communications Advisor, Jason Miller, took Moore’s side, tweeting, “Paid for by the SC Dem Party. May as well be written in crayon.”
Less confident members of the GOP are wrong to fear for South Carolina’s future.
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The same poll also asked respondents which candidate they would choose if only given Clinton and Trump as options. Without the third party candidates, voter support for Trump jumped to 45 percent, according to Greenville Online. Clinton, on the other hand, received 43 percent of support in the two-way matchup.
Even in a poll backed by Democratic financial support, South Carolina voters prefer Trump to his liberal opponent.
Greenville Online also reports that Trump leads Clinton by 37 points among white, independent voters, a large percentage of the potential voting population in the state that already tends to lean to the right.
According to CBS News, Clinton received a post-convention bump in voter support everywhere in the United States. It is possible that the newly found “tie” in South Carolina is a side-effect of the nation-wide increase in Democratic voter support. Once the excitement following a successful DNC decreases, usual voting trends will begin to take shape in states like South Carolina.
South Carolina Trump supporters do not have reason to fear. By the time November comes, the southern state will vote red once again.