A newly released poll by the Feldman Group shows Hillary Clinton within striking distance of Donald Trump in the reliably Republican state of South Carolina.
In the poll, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump are both tied at 39 percent when the non-major parties are included with Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein. Without the two third-party candidates, Trump's lead goes up 2 points, leading Hillary Clinton 45 to 43 with 12 percent of voters still undecided.
The group notes that "Clinton could win South Carolina this year if her campaign chooses to contest the state."
South Carolina has not voted Democrat since 1976, when it voted for President Jimmy Carter, from neighboring Georgia.
The poll cites a growing African-American community along with a generational change and growing number of retirees that follow the progressive change that some southern states are seeing.
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