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Poll: Trump slightly ahead among likely voters in South Carolina

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ROCK HILL, SC (WCSC) -

Presidential candidate Donald Trump has a slight lead among South Carolina voters, according to a new poll released by Winthrop University.

The poll, which was conducted by phone before Monday’s first presidential debate, found that Trump was preferred by 42 percent of likely voters in the state, while Hillary Clinton was at 38 percent. According to a news release, seven percent were undecided and none of the third party candidates registered support in double digits.

Officials say 694 people participated in the statewide poll.

Slightly more respondents thought Clinton was more capable than Trump. Fifty-three percent of residents said the former Secretary of State was capable, while 46 percent said the term accurately described the Republican nominee.

“While Clinton is seen as the more capable candidate, she is also viewed as more dishonest,” Winthrop Poll Director Scott Huffmon said. “However, both candidates are setting records for being viewed unfavorably.”

The Winthrop Poll is paid for by Winthrop University with additional support from The West Forum on Politics and Policy at Winthrop University.

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