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Second poll affirms Haley’s lead – before affair rumors

May 25, 2010 12:04:00 PM - thestate.com

A new poll taken over the weekend shows Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley with twice the support of her closest competitor in the four-way primary.

However, the poll was taken over the weekend before an allegation on Monday that a political blogger had an "inappropriate physical relationship" with Haley in 2007. Haley, who is married, has denied any relationship.

The poll by Public Policy Polling, an automated telephone survey of 638 likely Republican primary voters, showed Haley with 39 percent support among those polled. Attorney General Henry McMaster was second at 18 percent, while U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett had 16 percent and Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer had 13 percent. Fourteen percent of voters were still undecided.

A Rasmussen Reports poll last week showed Haley with an 11 percentage-point lead over her nearest rival, McMaster.