Nikki Gets Bad News

( – Marking a new low for her campaign in the lead-up to next week’s nominating contest, the fact that Nikki Haley hails from South Carolina seems to hold little sway over the state’s Republican voters.

A recent poll unveiled that a mere 20% of South Carolinians said that Haley’s local roots might incline them toward casting their vote in her favor. Conversely, 5% view her state affiliation as a deterrent while a staggering 75% assert it bears no impact on their decision.

The CBS News/YouGov survey also highlighted that 89% of these voters are turning their gaze towards broader, national issues rather than local concerns as they prepare for the February 24th contest.

In an intriguing twist, the poll indicates that former President Donald Trump enjoys a robust 35-point advantage over Haley despite her tenure as governor in her own backyard. Supporters of both political figures seem unwavering in their choices, with majorities on both sides claiming their decision is set in stone.

Digging deeper, among those leaning towards Trump, 34% acknowledge Haley’s gubernatorial legacy as a potential pivot point in her favor. Meanwhile, 5% consider the prospect of a female presidency as a persuasive element.

Haley’s campaign spokesperson AnnMarie Graham-Barnes stated, “Nikki Haley knows South Carolina, she won it twice. Donald Trump, on the other hand, drops into the state for the first time after 77 days, insults military families, and leaves.”

A broader look at the South Carolina primary landscape also shows Trump leading Haley with 60% to her 29.3% in RealClearPolitics’ polls from early January to early February.

Trump’s candidacy garners support from an array of the state’s Republican heavyweights, including Governor Henry McMaster and Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, alongside Representatives Nancy Mace, Russell Fry, Jeff Duncan, Joe Wilson and William Timmons. However, Ralph Norman threw his support behind Haley.

The CBS News/YouGov survey polled 1,004 likely Republican primary voters in South Carolina from in early February and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4%.