The race to pick a Republican presidential nominee is wide open as GOP campaigns gear up for their party’s first debate May 5 in Greenville, a new Winthrop University poll shows.
The poll of nearly 600 Republican and GOP-leaning independent registered voters reaffirmed the finding of earlier polls: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is the current top choice in South Carolina.
Nearly 18 percent of those surveyed said they would pick Huckabee, a former Baptist minister, if the S.C. GOP primary were held today. That is not surprising in a party in which more than 50 percent of those surveyed identified themselves as evangelical Christians.
However, almost the same number — 17 percent — said they were unsure whom they would vote for.
Huckabee, who finished second in the 2008 S.C. Republican primary behind eventual nominee U.S. Sen. John McCain and was in the state last month plugging his new book, has said he will decide this summer whether he will run.