Presidential Candidates, Florida’s Marco Rubio Leads Jeb Bush In Latest South Carolina Poll
By Allison Nielsen, SunshineStateNews // February 12, 2016
(SunshineStateNews.com) – Two Florida politicians are still in the running to snag the Republican presidential nomination, with a new poll of South Carolina voters putting U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., slightly ahead of former Gov. Jeb Bush as voters’ first choice for the nominee.
The Augusta Chronicle, Morris News Service and Fox 5 Atlanta-sponsored poll found nearly 15 percent of likely Republican primary voters in South Carolina would vote for Rubio in the primary while a smaller percentage — almost 11 percent — would cast their vote for Bush.
Rubio and Jeb fell behind business CEO Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz for the first choice nominee slot, but when it came to voters’ second choice for the nomination, Rubio rose to the top, taking nearly 19 percent of the vote.
The poll is good news for Rubio, who has had setbacks in recent weeks.