In the latest poll from right-leaning Rasmussen Reports, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley leads her Democratic challenger, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, by 51 percent to 36 percent.
The poll did not ask about other candidates in the race, including independent Tom Ervin, who's dumping millions of his own dollars into TV ads, and fresh-faced Libertarian Steve French. Morgan Bruce Reeves is also on the ballot for the United Citizens Party. In the poll, 6 percent of people said they preferred another candidate to Haley and Sheheen. Seven percent of the 750 likely voters polled were undecided.
Other polls have showed a narrower gap between Haley and Sheheen.