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South Carolina Republican voters favor Donald Trump over his field of rivals — including former Gov. Nikki Haley and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott — for the GOP presidential nomination by more than 2-to-1 margin, according to a Post-Monmouth poll

The poll, which was taken Sept. 6-11, found 46% of 506 potential Republican primary voters in South Carolina support Trump at this early stage of the campaign, while Haley stands in second place at 18%. That’s three times the support she received as reflected in national polls following last month’s GOP debate. Scott was in third place in the S.C. poll at 10%. 

The poll comes as a slew of other recent surveys have shown Trump far ahead of his rivals in the contest as he confronts 91 charges across four criminal cases. 

The former president will make a campaign stop in Summerville Sept. 25 at Sportsman Boats. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and limited to two per mobile number.

Meanwhile, Haley found a bounce in New Hampshire after a recent visit, with Republican supporters describing her as “very smart” and a “natural leader.” 

In other news:

CP NEWS: New partnership to cut $4 million in Lowcountry medical debt. The Coastal Community Foundation joined with Waccamaw Community Foundation, the Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation and the Jewish Endowment Foundation of South Carolina to abolish medical debt through an investment with the national group RIP Medical Debt, which buys medical debt.

S.C. tech colleges offer free tuition for high-demand career training. South Carolina technical colleges are offering more free tuition funds for students enrolled in courses that can provide pathways to careers in high-demand industries. Recent high school graduates and adults enrolled in qualified programs at any of the state’s 16 technical colleges are eligible for up to $5,000 from the Workforce Scholarships for the Future program.

Lowcountry hospitals prepare as doctors see rise in Covid, flu, RSV. The Medical University of South Carolina staff says they are seeing higher numbers of Covid-19 and the flu this fall compared to this same time last year as they also monitor the potential impacts of regionally-spreading RSV.

Charleston to discuss consolidation of three elementary schools. Charleston County School District officials discussed different options for the fate of Lambs, W.B. Goodwin and Hunley Park elementary schools.

Charleston to evict beaver from West Ashley road culvert. Charleston’s Department of Stormwater Management is evicting a beaver from a West Ashley road culvert, as its activities have hindered water flow and can cause flooding that damages homes, businesses and infrastructure, especially during major storm events.

Darius Ruckers’ Riverfront Revival announces lineup. The Darius Rucker curated festival takes place at North Charleston’s Riverfront Park on Oct. 7-8 from 1-11 p.m. on Saturday and 1-10 p.m. Sunday. See acts like Carter Faith, Elvie Shane and more.

Charleston police targeting underage drinking, drug use. The Charleston Police Department is working to implement an undercover VICE Unit to focus on issues including fake IDs, gambling, prostitution, and human trafficking for college-aged adults.

West Ashley leaders provide updates on future of Sumar Street. Members of the West Ashley Revitalization Committee received an update on Wednesday regarding the highly-debated old Piggly Wiggly lot on Sumar Street. On Sep. 21, the Sumar Street discussion will head to the Community Development Committee where a new fourth option is expected to be discussed.

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