New poll finds Cruz narrowing Trump's SC lead
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An NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll released Friday finds Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE leading the GOP presidential field by only 5 points in South Carolina, down from 16 points a month ago.

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The RealClearPolitics average of polls still finds Trump ahead of the pack by double digits going into Saturday’s South Carolina primary, but Friday’s survey reports Trump has 28 percent support among likely Republican voters, down from 36 percent in January. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDebbie Wasserman Schultz marks 10 years as breast cancer survivor Foreign agent registration is no magical shield against Russian propaganda Let Trump be Trump and he'll sail through 2020 MORE, Trump's nearest rival, gets 23 percent, up from 20 last month.

Trump and Cruz are followed by Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRyan pledges 'entitlement reform' in 2018 Richard Gere welcomes lawmakers' words of support for Tibet Dem lawmaker gives McConnell's tax reform op-ed a failing grade MORE, with 15 percent; Jeb Bush, at 13 percent; and John Kasich and Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonVA slashes program that helps homeless veterans obtain housing: report Homelessness rises for first time since recession Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem is the right call MORE tied, at 9 percent.

Cruz leads Trump among self-identified Tea Party supporters, 35 percent to 31 percent. No other candidate registers above Rubio’s 13 percent support among the Tea Party.

However, only 8 percent of Trump supporters report they “might vote differently” on Saturday, compared to 15 percent of those backing Rubio and Cruz and 22 percent of Bush backers.

Trump is looking to build on his momentum Saturday after a decisive win in the New Hampshire primary earlier this month.