Something within the crosstabs of a poll SurveyUSA conducted in South Carolina last week really caught my attention- Democrats are more likely to say Andre Bauer is prepared to be Governor than Republicans.
Overall 20% of South Carolinians say Bauer is completely prepared to take the top spot, while 38% say he is somewhat prepared and 34% say he is not prepared.
Despite Bauer's party label 41% of Republicans say he is not prepared, while only 28% of Democrats say so. And while 25% of Democrats say he's completely prepared, only 18% of Republicans do.
I think part of the reason for this is probably that Republicans are less inclined to support Mark Sanford resigning, so saying that Bauer is not ready to be Governor could help bolster their argument- Democrats on the other hand can justify supporting Sanford's resignation by saying Bauer is ready to take his office.
But I still don't think the numbers bode too well for Bauer's chances in a Republican primary next year.