Bernie Sanders is still holding on to the South Carolinian vote and the party is hoping to pick up a number of key races, as Democrats take on the GOP in South Carolina’s Democratic primary.
The Vermont senator’s campaign had already lost six of its seven early contests in the South, but the latest polls have him holding on in his home state.
The latest FiveThirtyEight/USA Today/Suffolk University Poll shows Sanders leading former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by double digits in South Carolinas, 46%-39%.
That’s the same margin he had held in early August.
Clinton’s campaign said it’s confident that the Sanders campaign is on the right track, pointing to the recent endorsement from Gov.
Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina senator and first lady.
The South Carolina Democratic primary is March 15, which is a weekend, so the candidates can’t be counted on to be on the same page.
But there’s some optimism that the race will get closer.
On the Republican side, the polls show Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, leading by double-digits in South Dakota, 44%-35%, and South Dakota Sen. John Thune, the majority whip, by double figures in Montana, 46% to 44%.
Thune, who served in the Senate from 2003 to 2017, is running for his second term in the state.
He has been widely praised for his ability to work with Republicans, which he says has helped the state’s economy.
Trump and Trump have said they won’t run in South Dakotas’ Democratic primary and they have not publicly committed to doing so.
South Dakots Sen. Dan Sullivan, the party’s top elected official, has endorsed Trump.
“We need to stay the course and see if we can get that done and then see how we do,” Sullivan said.
South Dakota Sen: ‘No regrets’ about endorsing TrumpBut South Dakota Democratic Party Chairman Jim Schulz told Politico that while he’s not “a fan” of Trump, he still thinks Trump can win South Dakoteas’ presidential primary.
“The South Dakota senator is a very conservative, moderate Republican and he has not endorsed Donald Trump,” Schulz said.
“I’m not a fan of Trump.
I’m not against Donald Trump.
But I think he’s a very strong candidate.”
He said Trump has not come close to being the party nominee, despite the candidate’s strong performance in the primaries.
“I’ve known Donald Trump for 15 years, and I’m a fan,” Schulss said.
“[But] he’s got no regrets about endorsing Donald Trump.”
Schulss, who is also running for a Senate seat in Montana that is held by Democrat Rob Quist, told Politico he is hopeful that Trump’s nomination will be successful.
“He’s a proven winner, and he’s going to be the nominee.
And I think that’s going a long way,” Schuls said.
The latest polls show Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) with a lead over Clinton in South Florida and in South Georgia.
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)The South Carolinian primary is April 3.
In Georgia, Sanders is leading Clinton, 47%-38%, with former Gov.
Sonny Perdue, running for the third term in office, having dropped out of the race last year.
Georgia’s Republican primary is May 6.
Republican nominee and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is polling ahead of Trump in Georgia, 47% to 36%.
Former Rep. Patrick McHenry, who lost his Senate seat to former Govs.
Sonny and David Perdue in 2016, is still hoping to win the Republican nomination, despite his own poor showing in South Charleston’s primary.
McHenry is a state senator from the Charleston area.
He was the first Republican senator from South Carolina to win re-election in the past three years.
He had led in South Carlsboro by 5 points at the time of the primary, but lost to Perdue by 20.
He’s hoping that the GOP vote in SouthCarolina will give him a boost.
“What I want to do is get the state of South Carolina where I think we can make a difference, where I’m going to win a majority,” McHenry said.
McGilchrist said the race in Georgia has been a “challenging” one.
The last time South Carolina had a Republican primary was back in 1996, when former Sen. James Thompson won the primary for the Republican ticket.
In 2018, Trump won the Republican primary and then narrowly lost to Sen. Tim Scott in the general election.
McGillchrist said that while it’s hard to see an alternative candidate as a viable Republican, the state party will work to get a new party chair for the 2018 elections.