NBC Poll: Cruz Pulls Within 5 Points of Trump in SC

NewsMax-Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has lost his double digit lead over second-place challenger Ted Cruz in South Carolina, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll released Friday, the day before the state’s GOP primary.

Cruz has pulled within 5 points of Trump, who held a 16-point lead in the same poll a month ago.

Here’s how the poll, conducted Feb. 15-17, breaks down:

  • Donald Trump, 28 percent
  • Ted Cruz, 23 percent
  • Marco Rubio, 15 percent
  • Jeb Bush, 13 percent
  • John Kasich, 9 percent
  • Ben Carson, 9 percent

In the race for the Democratic Party nod in the state’s Feb. 27 primary, the poll shows Hillary Clinton retaining a double-digit lead over Bernie Sanders:

  • Hillary Clinton, 60 percent
  • Bernie Sanders, 32 percent

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