Republican Nikki Haley 16 Points Ahead of Democrat Vincent Sheheen in Race For Governor of South Carolina

Leading among Independents by 13 points...

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.