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 TrumpCummings says Ivanka Trump not preserving all official communications Property is a fundamental right that is now being threatened 25 states could see severe flooding in coming weeks, scientists say 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 CruzBiden-Abrams ticket would be a genius media move Families of Kenyan victims seek compensation for Ethiopian Airlines crash 737 crisis tests Boeing's clout in Washington MORE, Trump's nearest rival, gets 23 percent, up from 20 last month.

Trump and Cruz are followed by Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio's pragmatic thinking on China The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump feuds heat up Rubio to introduce legislation to keep Supreme Court at 9 seats MORE, with 15 percent; Jeb Bush, at 13 percent; and John Kasich and Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonCarson's calendar includes trips to Florida on Fridays: report The Hill's Morning Report - 2020 Dems grapple with race, gender and privilege Ben Carson says he will step down after Trump's first term ends 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.