Winthrop University recently surveyed 832 South Carolina likely democratic voters by phone between Oct. 24 and Nov. 1 to ask them who they would vote for in the upcoming presidential election.
According to the Winthrop poll, 72% of likely democratic voters are leaning toward voting for the former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Among African-American voters she had an even higher percentage at 80%. The other two candidates running in the primary received less support – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, 15% and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, 2%.
The South Carolina Democratic Primary is important in the presidential process because it’s the first primary in the South and South Carolina has a large African-American population.
Withrop Poll Director Scott Huffmon says, “African-Americans constitute one of the most important constituencies for the Democratic Party. African-Americans can make up over 50% of the Democratic Presidential Primary vote in South Carolina, which is a much larger portion than you’ll see in the Iowa Caucus or New Hampshire primary.”