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 TrumpTrump calls for Republicans to be 'united' on abortion Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution Facebook temporarily suspended conservative commentator Candace Owens 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 Cruz Eye-popping number of Dems: I can beat Trump 'SleepyCreepy Joe' and 'Crazy Bernie': Trump seeks to define 2020 Dems with insults The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Restrictive state abortion laws ignite fiery 2020 debate MORE, Trump's nearest rival, gets 23 percent, up from 20 last month.

Trump and Cruz are followed by Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioHillicon Valley: Trump takes flak for not joining anti-extremism pact | Phone carriers largely end sharing of location data | Huawei pushes back on ban | Florida lawmakers demand to learn counties hacked by Russians | Feds bust 0M cybercrime group Huawei says inclusion on US trade blacklist is in 'no one's interest' Frustrated GOP senators want answers from Trump on Iran MORE, with 15 percent; Jeb Bush, at 13 percent; and John Kasich and Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonHUD chief Carson broke law with unauthorized purchases, GAO says Trump immigration rule could displace 55K children from public housing: HUD Harris, House Dems push for mandatory carbon monoxide detectors in public housing 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.