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Poll: Conservatives Say Bachmann, Perry Gaining Steam

A new HuffPo-Patch poll of influential Republicans is still seeking participants from across the Palmetto State.

Influential Republicans in South Carolina and two other early-voting states feel Michele Bachmann has gained the most ground recently following her showing in last week’s GOP debate and the Iowa Straw Poll.

One-third of those responding to the new Patch-HuffPost Power Outsiders poll of influential voters in New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina said Bachmann was seen as having done the most good for her campaign last week. Bachmann was in the Upstate on Tuesday and will be visiting Columbia today and Charleston next Thursday.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who entered the presidential race on Saturday in Charleston and will return to the state this weekend, finished second with 30 percent.

Mitt Romney -– who has been leading the polls in South Carolina despite not yet making an appearance here -– finished at 8 percent.

Our Patch editors will be asking influential South Carolina Republicans questions about the presidential race each week, and we’ll report the results here. The goal is to get a read on what real Republicans are thinking, and some early insight into who will win the nomination.

For more on this project, read the full report on our three-state survey.

As senior polling editor Mark Blemental writes, "We are calling our participants 'Power Outsiders' because these are the people outside-the-beltway who have local influence -- which means real power -- as the election heats up ... Their opinions will likely have great influence on the outcome of caucuses, primaries and elections at the precinct, county and state levels."

We’re still looking to expand our list of influential members of both parties in South Carolina. If you’d like to participate, email me at chris.winston@patch.com and I’ll connect you with the appropriate Patch reporter.

Tom August 18, 2011 at 07:56 PM
I'm currently vacationing in your beautiful state and while reading today's news came across this and thought I'd weigh in. You know, president Obama now has a plan to fix the economy. He'll announce it in September (after his vacation), but he's already telling Republicans they must compromise. We've heard this before. The president was going to focus like a laser beam, he wasn't going to rest until the job problem was fixed, he was going to pivot to jobs. It's all rhetoric, and as usual, he'll get to it when he gets done having fun. I got tired of watching what was going on in Washington and decided two months ago to launch my own candidacy for president. I'm just a regular citizen who's fed up and had enough. I know I'm unknown, but that is rapidly changing--the campaign site passed 140,000 hits yesterday. At any rate, I've written on how to eliminate the deficit, and why that is crucial, how to get the economy going again, and many other problems facing America. Check it out, and if you like what you see, spread the word. "Like" us on Facebook. www.gradyforpresident.com.
Bren P. August 19, 2011 at 05:39 AM
I do not support either Michele Bachmann nor Rick Perry because of their zealous religious views and extremist views that is detrimental to our country. They are not the ideal candidates to vote for as presidential potentiality. You all need to read up more on their backgrounds and their views and you will see for yourself why they both are absolutely not the ideal for the presidental position. Seriously.
Itookth Redpill August 20, 2011 at 01:01 AM
"We’re still looking to expand our list of influential members of both parties in South Carolina." Just so you know, there are more than 2 parties. Our country needs to acknowledge third parties as viable and electable, because the Republicans and Democrats are both on the same F*** America Tour Bus. So do your readers a favor and dig deeper than the B.S. the mainstream media feeds us. I want to hear from real people, not insiders.
SCNEOCON August 20, 2011 at 01:26 AM
If Obama is your idea of Presidential potentiality, then this country is doomed. I want a President that puts country above ideology, that wants to limit government and encourage growth of the private sector. I don't care if they have a Texas drawl or wear a dress. I don't care if they're black, purple, or fuschia . If they're embracing conservative principles & living by them, then I'm supporting them with my time, my money, & my vote.
G Pappas August 20, 2011 at 01:29 AM
I'm told that if George Bush and Rick Perry had grown up in the same silver spoon family, that Bush would have been known as the "smart one." This guy has been in the race less than a week and already shown he WILL NOT be a viable candidate.

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