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

A new poll finds President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE and Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter Trump narrows Biden's lead in Pennsylvania: poll Florida breaks first-day early voting record with 350K ballots cast 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 GrahamGOP blocks Schumer effort to adjourn Senate until after election Biden and Schumer face battles with left if Democrats win big Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw 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 GinsburgSenate GOP eyes Oct. 26 for confirming Barrett to Supreme Court GOP blocks Schumer effort to adjourn Senate until after election Overnight Defense: Supreme Court to hear case on diversion of Pentagon funds to border wall | Biden campaign cutting retired general from ad after objection | Trump's arms control talks with Russia hit wall 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.