Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump on presidency: 'I thought it would be easier' Trump threatens to scrap 'horrible' South Korea trade deal New science-fiction book set in future where Clinton won MORE holds an 18-point lead over her Democratic presidential rival Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Trump set to sign offshore drilling order Meghan McCain: Obama 'a dirty capitalist like the rest of us' Dems might begin again with Kamala Harris and California MORE in the latest South Carolina poll released Tuesday afternoon.
Clinton is supported by 56 percent of likely Democratic primary voters in the Palmetto State ahead of its Feb. 27 primary, compared to 38 percent support for Sanders, according to the CNN/ORC poll.
Meanwhile, a majority of white voters in the state, 54 percent, support Sanders, with 40 percent backing Clinton, Men are more evenly split, 49 to 45 percent in Sanders's favor.
Sanders has sought to cut into Clinton's big lead in the state by making inroads with black voters following his huge win in New Hampshire last week. Clinton narrowly took the Iowa caucuses earlier this month.
The candidates are battling in Nevada ahead of that state's Feb. 20 caucus before turning their focus to South Carolina a week later.
The survey of 280 likely Democratic primary voters was conducted Feb. 10-15 via telephone and has a 6-point margin of error.