Newest poll shows gap between Haley and Sheheen closing

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - In a poll released Thursday by Rasmussen Reports, Republican Nikki Haley remains ahead of Democratic state Senator Vincent Sheheen in the race to be South Carolina's next governor, but she's fallen to her lowest level of support this year and for the first time posts only a single-digit lead.

Surveys conducted by Winthrop, Hamilton Campaigns and Crantford & Associates show similar trends.

The latest Rasmussen telephone survey of likely voters in South Carolina finds Haley, a state legislator, earning 47% support, while Sheheen picks up 38% of the vote. Four percent like another candidate in the race and a sizable 11% remain undecided less than two weeks before Election Day.

A month ago, Haley had a 50% to 33% lead over Sheheen. Haley's held double-digit leads in surveys since June with support ranging from 49% to 55%. Sheheen in those same surveys has captured 34% to 40% of the vote.

The survey was taken the night the candidates held the first of three scheduled debates. If you missed the debate, you can watch it here.

The survey of 500 likely voters in South Carolina was conducted on October 19 and has a margin of sampling error of +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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