Clark jumps ahead of Edwards in Dem. candidate poll, undecided still tops in SC - - Columbia, South Carolina

Clark jumps ahead of Edwards in Dem. candidate poll, undecided still tops in SC

(Washington-AP) Oct. 31, 2003 - Support for North Carolina Senator John Edwards' bid for the presidency appears to be slipping among his neighbors in South Carolina. A new poll shows Democratic presidential hopeful Wesley Clark taking the lead in South Carolina, bumping Edwards from the top spot in the state.

Seventeen percent of those polled backed Clark, while ten percent backed Edwards. In the same poll in September, Edwards led among South Carolina voters with 16 percent of the vote, nine points ahead of his closest competitors.

Edwards' South Carolina spokeswoman Jenni Engebretsen says the campaign's own internal polls show Edwards leading Clark by a wide margin.

Retired General Wesley Clark has made his first campaign stop in Columbia. Clark talked Friday about the universal health care coverage plan he unveiled earlier this week and how President Bush erred by going to war in Iraq.

He appeared before about 250 people at the University of South Carolina Law School.

More than a third, 36 percent, were undecided in the October poll conducted by the American Research Group of Manchester, New Hampshire.

The poll comes ahead of South Carolina's first in the South presidential primary on February 3rd presidential primary in the state.

Here are the totals for all candidates in the latest Democratic presidential poll in South Carolina:

Undecided 36%
Retired General Wesley Clark 17%
North Carolina Senator John Edwards 10%
Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman 8%
Missouri Representative Dick Gephardt 7%
Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean 7%
The Rev. Al Sharpton 5%
Former Illinois Senator Carol Moseley Braun 5%
Massachusetts Senator John Kerry 4%
Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich 1%

The poll of 600 voters who said they would vote in the Democratic primary was conducted October 26th through the 30th and has a margin of sampling error of four percentage points. 

Updated 6:40pm by Eva Pilgrim

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