Another Bush boost from South Carolina Republicans?


McClatchy Washington Bureau

South Carolina has been good--and pivotal--to the Bush family in presidential primaries, and a new poll suggests it could be again.

The Clemson University Palmetto Poll found former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, brother of one president and son of another, led all Republicans in a 2016 voter preference test. Bush has not said whether he’ll pursue a White House bid.

Bush led with 22 percent, well ahead of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 10 percent. Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas each had 9 percent, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio had 6 percent, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal had 3 percent--and 48 percent were undecided or didn’t know who they preferred.

South Carolina is traditionally the South’s first presidential primary test. In 1988 and 1992, George H. W. Bush won big victories there, and 12 years later, George W. Bush topped Arizona Sen. John McCain.

The poll surveyed 400 Republican voters from May 22 to 29.

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