Poll finds Trump, Biden in statistical dead heat in South Carolina

A new poll finds President TrumpDonald TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire MORE and Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenWoman accused of trying to sell Pelosi laptop to Russians arrested Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Trump moves to lift coronavirus travel restrictions on Europe, Brazil MORE statistically tied in South Carolina, which has not gone for the Democratic nominee in more than 40 years.

The Quinnipiac poll found Trump at 48 percent and Biden at 47 percent among likely voters in South Carolina, down from the president’s 6-point advantage in the same poll from two weeks ago.

The survey from Quinnipiac University also finds Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham pushes Schumer for vote to dismiss impeachment article Impeachment trial tests Trump's grip on Senate GOP An attack on America that's divided Congress — and a nation MORE (R-S.C.) tied with Democrat Jaime Harrison in a race that could have enormous consequences for which party controls the Senate next year.


"There hasn't been a Democrat elected to the Senate from South Carolina since 1998," said Quinnipiac University pollster Tim Malloy. "Outspent and labeled by critics as an apologist for President Trump, Lindsey Graham is facing the fight of his political life."

Voters are evenly split on Trump’s handling of the economy and the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden is viewed favorably by 49 percent and unfavorably by 46 percent. Trump posts a 48-48 split on favorability.

Trump has a narrow edge on who would do a better job handling the Supreme Court, 50 to 47 percent.

But 49 percent say the winner of the presidential election should get to pick the late Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader Ginsburg, George Floyd among options for 'Remember the Titans' school's new name Bipartisan anger builds over police failure at Capitol Lindsey Graham praises Merrick Garland as 'sound choice' to serve as attorney general MORE’s replacement, compared to 47 percent who say Trump should get to do it now.

In the Senate race, 49 percent want the GOP to be in control of the upper chamber, compared to 44 percent who want Democrats in control.


But 48 percent of likely voters have a favorable view of Harrison, compared to 35 percent who view him negatively. Graham is viewed negatively by 51 percent, with only 43 percent viewing him positively.

Harrison is also viewed as more honest and more empathetic.

The Quinnipiac poll of 1,123 likely voters in South Carolina was conducted Sept. 23-27 and has a 2.9 percentage point margin of error.