Edwards Gains on Clinton in SC

In new polls, Obama maintains lead as runners-up move into statistical tie
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2008 1:00 PM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful, former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., speaks to supporters at Homeland Park Fire Department Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, in Anderson, S.C. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – South Carolina may yet smile on native son John Edwards, polls taken since Monday's debate indicate. A Zogby poll released yesterday and a Clemson University Palmetto Poll out today show the ex-senator in a statistical tie with Hillary Clinton—both well behind Barack Obama, reports The State. Common to every poll registering Edwards' gains are vast swaths of undecided voters.

Zogby shows Obama leading with 39% of likely voters, to 24% for Clinton and Edwards' 19%. His lead has dipped 4% in general and 9% among black voters, while Edwards gained 4% overall and went from zero to 5% among blacks. Pollster John Zogby turned down the classic hits station on his radio long enough to issue a statement: "There’s something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear."