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DeMint leads Greene in poll

U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint
Alvin Greene Alvin Greene

SOUTH CAROLINA (WIS) - U.S. Senator Jim DeMint has a commanding lead over Alvin Greene in the race for U.S. Senate, according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll.

In the telephone survey, the Republican incumbent, DeMint, earned support from 58% of likely voters in South Carolina.  Democratic nominee, Alvin Greene, was favored from 21%.  9% of those asked like some other candidate and 13% were undecided. 

DeMint leads among male voters by better than four-to-one and among women by a two-to-one margin. 90% of Republican voters back DeMint, but Greene earns just 50% support amongst Democrats. Sixty-eight percent (68%) of voters who say they're not affiliated with either party choose Demint.  Greene, an African-American, carries 51% of the black vote, while 74% of whites favor DeMint.

Green was virtually unknown until he edged out Vic Rawl in the Democratic primary on June 8th.  Since then, Green has been trying to explain how he paid for his filing fee and how he won the election.  Rawl has filed an official protest with the South Carolina Election Commission.

The survey of 500 likely voters in South Carolina was conducted on June 10, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. 

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