Winthrop Poll: SC gov candidates hardly known

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A new Winthrop University poll shows the public barely knows the eight candidates running for governor in South Carolina.

The Winthrop Poll released Thursday shows at least 65 percent of Democrats were unfamiliar with their field of 4 candidates.

Among Republicans, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer emerged as the only candidates who was known well enough by nearly half of the voters for them to form an a good or bad opinion - and those voters were not familiar with his three competitors.

Observers say that means candidates will have to spend a lot of money before June 8 to get better known.

The telephone poll with 837 adults responding was conducted Feb. 6-21 and has a margin of sampling error of 3.4 percentage points.

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