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Poll: Trump builds 20-point lead in SC

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Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump holds a 20-point lead in the South Carolina GOP primary, according to a poll released Wednesday.
The Fox News poll found that Trump leads in the early-voting state, with 35 percent support, followed by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, at 15 percent, and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), at 14 percent each.
{mosads}The rest of the GOP field polled in the single digits. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush sits in fifth place, with 5 percent, and the remainder of the candidates register with 2 percent or less.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) registers only 2 percent support in his home state.
This poll comes after the real estate mogul’s controversial call on Monday to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States.
The survey found that 24 percent of likely GOP voters said they would “never support” Trump for the GOP nomination. The next-highest candidate in the category was Bush, at 19 percent. 
And 18 percent said they would “never support” their home-state senator for the GOP nomination.
On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to hold a wide lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the Palmetto State.
Clinton leads the state with 65 percent support, to 21 percent for Sanders. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley trails far behind at 3 percent.
The poll was conducted from Dec. 5-8 and surveyed 437 likely GOP primary voters via live telephone interviews. The margin of error in the Republican poll was 4.5 percentage points. 
For the Democratic side, the poll surveyed 364 likely primary voters and the margin of error was 5 percentage points.
Updated at 7:08 p.m.
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