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PPP's newest South Carolina poll finds that the state is trending toward being competitive in the Presidential race this year, just like in neighboring Georgia. Donald Trump has only a 2 point lead with 41% to 39% for Hillary Clinton, 5% for Gary Johnson, and 2% for Jill Stein.Just four years ago, it was unthinkable that South Carolina could be in play for the Democrats. But in yet another twist in this crazy year, here we are.
The closeness is a function of Democrats being a lot happier with their party's candidate than Republicans are with theirs. Clinton is winning 84% of the Democratic vote, compared to Trump's 77% of the Republican vote. Although neither candidate is well liked by voters in the state Trump's favorability, at 38% positive and 56% negative, comes in slightly worse than Clinton's at 38/55.
PPP also suggests that South Carolina will soon be the next North Carolina even if it stays red this time:
Whether Democrats end up winning South Carolina in the Presidential race this fall or not, the generational differences in the state portend well for the party in the decades ahead. Trump is only ahead because of a massive advantage among seniors in the state at 58/30. When you look at everyone in the electorate below the age of 65, Clinton leads Trump 41/36.Alright, since the Clinton campaign is already expanding into Georgia...let's just go ahead and turn the entire Eastern Seaboard blue as part of a 400+ electoral vote landslide because Trump deserves nothing less! Sound fun?