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Here are the areas where Haley could put up a fight as Trump looks to sweep the South Carolina primary

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Voters are casting their votes today in South Carolina. South Carolina is the last of the early major states to choose a Republican presidential candidate before Super Tuesday.

Former President Donald Trump has consistently maintained a commanding poll lead, and the state’s former governor, Nikki Haley, looks to prove she is a viable candidate with a competitive performance It is said that

Trump will need to win at least Charleston and Richland to clear this hurdle, but Trump will likely aim for a landslide victory in the remaining states.

Greenville and Spartanburg are hot battlegrounds

Greenville and Spartanburg, two counties in upstate South Carolina, together account for about 16% of the state’s registered voter population.

Former South Carolina Governor and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley and former President Donald Trump. (Getty Images)

Like the region as a whole, these two counties are predominantly white and evangelical.

As we saw in Iowa, these voters support Mr. Trump by wide margins, and the latest South Carolina poll suggests they will vote here today as well.

When Trump first ran for president in 2016, he had two main rivals in the Palmetto State: Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

Both candidates waged serious battles in these two counties. In Greenville, each received 24.5% of the vote. Trump won with 26.7% overall.

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Mr. Cruz, who attracted evangelical votes through his candidacy, won 24.5% of the vote in Spartanburg, while Mr. Rubio received 22.9%. Trump won with 32.6%.

Recent primaries and polling suggest that most of Mr. Cruz’s voters have found a new home with Mr. Trump.

So to win the state, Mr. Trump will aim to win at least as much vote share in the northern part of the state as Mr. Cruz and Mr. Cruz combined in 2016. right. All things being equal, he would look for something in his 65-75% range.

With such evangelical leanings, Haley is unlikely to be very competitive here.

Charleston and Richland should be more favorable to Haley than other areas of the state.

In keeping with her New Hampshire strategy, Haley will aim to win in densely populated urban and suburban areas.

Charleston and Richland are at the top of the list, accounting for about 16% of the state’s total votes.

Charleston County is home to a city of the same name and is the state’s most populous city. Richland County includes Columbia, the state capital and home of the University of South Carolina.

These were the only counties Rubio won in 2016.

These areas are also wealthier and have more college-educated voters than most other parts of the state. He is in two of Haley’s key constituencies.

Polls show Haley trailing behind Trump, but remains competitive in those cities. The former local governor will need to go above and beyond to make this a race.

The better Ms. Haley does in these areas, the more likely she will leave South Carolina with at least some delegates. That’s because in addition to the 29 delegates statewide, the state awards three delegates to the winner of the vote in each of the seven congressional districts.

Nikki Haley and Donald Trump

Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley is running against former President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination. Trump is running for a second term despite facing multiple legal issues. (Getty Images)

Trump continues to dominate in rural areas

Some of Mr. Trump’s best performances in the 2016 Republican primary came from very small, rural counties.

He received more than 40% of the vote in 13 counties, 10 of which had populations of less than 50,000 people.

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In places like Lee County in central South Carolina, Trump won 47% of the vote, 25 points ahead of his closest rival, Cruz. Lee County’s population is approximately 16,000 and decreasing.

Head south to Allendale County, home to fewer than 8,000 South Carolinians. Trump won 44% of the vote there, 19 points ahead of second-place candidate Rubio. The population is also decreasing.

He also received 30% to 40% of the vote in 27 other counties, about half of which have populations of less than 50,000 people.

And it was a race against two popular challengers at a time when President Trump had not yet convinced his base of his credentials as a proper conservative.

These rural areas represent a significant portion of the statewide vote across South Carolina.

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Trump will try to get as many votes as possible to win.

Special coverage begins at 7pm ET on FOX News Channel

All voting in South Carolina ends at 7pm ET. Early voting is expected to be reported first in most areas. That vote will likely favor Haley.

Fox News Channel’s special coverage also begins at 7 p.m., anchored by Bret Baier and Martha McCollum.

Stay tuned for best-in-class Fox News voter analysis and insights from the Fox News Decision Desk that will decide this election.

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