Clinton the Top Choice of White Democrats in South Carolina

Posted November 19, 2007 at 9:00am

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Much has been written about the power of African-American S.C. voters this election season, expected to cast half of all votes in the state’s January Democratic primary. But plenty of attention also is being heaped on Democratic white voters, some of whom take a different view of the country’s political landscape than African- American Democrats. According to the most recent Winthrop/ETV poll, 40 percent of white Democrats in South Carolina who say they are likely to cast a ballot in January’s primary are supporting U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York. Even taking into account the margin of error at 5.85 percent – too high to be statistically sound – the data offers a glimpse at what white Democrats are thinking, including their formidable support for Clinton.