GOPAC Election Fund finds four front-runners in South Carolina CD 4 Primary

GOPAC Election Fund finds four front-runners in crowded South Carolina Congressional District 4 Primary

In the race to succeed Rep. Trey Gowdy, nearly two thirds of voters remain undecided.

Arlington, Va (May 3, 2018) – The GOPAC Election Fund today announced the results of its voter research survey for the Republican primary in South Carolina’s 4th Congressional District. Out of the thirteen candidates running to replace U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy, former state Senator Lee Bright holds a modest lead, however, a majority of voters remain undecided in the upcoming June 12 election. GOPAC Emerging Leader alumnus, State Rep. Dan Hamilton places among the early top contenders. The research was conducted by Adam Geller with National Research.

“In a district that Republicans carried by 36 points in 2016, it is likely that South Carolina’s next Congressman will be determined by the outcome of this primary election.” said GOPAC Chairman David Avella. “These results show that the race is far from over, and furthermore, that the President’s tax cuts and trade deals are very popular among this electorate.”

Full survey results below:

If the Republican primary for Congress were being held today and you had to make a choice, for whom would you vote?

          13%    Lee Bright
            7%    Josh Kimbrell
            5%    Dan Hamilton 
            5%    William Timmons
            2%    Dan Albert
            1%    Mark Burns
            1%    Stephen Brown
            1%    Barry Bell
            1%    Shannon Pierce
            1%   John Marshall Mosser
            *       Justin Sanders
            *       Claud Schmid
         63%   Undecided
                    (* = less than 1%)

Of the top contenders, there is a four-way tie in Greenville County, while Lee Bright holds a more noticeable lead in Spartanburg County.

  Bright Kimbrell Timmons Hamilton All Others Und.
Greenville County (64%) 9% 6% 8% 7% 7% 62%
Spartanburg County (36%) 19% 9% 0% 0% 3% 66%


Other Findings:

• President Trump’s tax cuts are very popular.
78% of voters would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supports President Trump’s tax cuts. Three quarters (76%) of undecided voters would be more likely to support such a candidate. 

• Voters are very supportive of the President’s position on trade deals and tariffs. 
75% of voters agree with the statement, “President Trump’s recent moves on tariffs and better trade deals are designed to help create and protect jobs in South Carolina.” 71% of undecided voters agree with this statement.

This memorandum is based on a survey of 400 Republican primary voters in South Carolina’s 4th Congressional District. The survey was fielded April 23-25, 2018, and the margin of error is +/- 4.9% at the 95% confidence interval.


Contact: Christina Norton •

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