Republican state legislator Nikki Haley now earns 52% of the vote in her bid to be the next governor of South Carolina. Democratic State Senator Vincent Sheheen picks up 36% of the vote in the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state.
Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, while 10% are not sure.
The race remains Solid GOP in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard.
Late last month, Haley, who has remained consistently ahead in the race, held a 49% to 35% lead over Sheheen. Her support has ranged from 49% to 55% in previous surveys, while Sheheen has earned 34% to 40% of the vote.
Haley is favored by 86% of Republicans, while Sheheen receives support from 72% of Democrats. Among voters not affiliated with either political party, Haley leads Sheheen by a 13-point margin.
The survey of 500 Likely Voters in South Carolina was conducted on August 25, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.