South Carolina poll: Trump up 17 points ahead of primary
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Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBiden heading to Kansas City to promote infrastructure package Trump calls Milley a 'f---ing idiot' over Afghanistan withdrawal First rally for far-right French candidate Zemmour prompts protests, violence MORE holds a big lead over other Republicans in a new poll of South Carolina voters.


Trump has a 17-point edge over his closest competitors in the Public Policy Polling survey released late Monday to The State newspaper.

He has 35 percent support, while Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzHospitals in underserved communities face huge cuts in reckless 'Build Back Better' plan To counter China, the Senate must confirm US ambassadors The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Congress avoids shutdown MORE (R-Texas) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense & National Security — US tries to deter Russian invasion of Ukraine Senate eyes plan B amid defense bill standoff To counter China, the Senate must confirm US ambassadors MORE (R-Fla.) are tied for second with 18 percent apiece.

Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) ranks fourth at 10 percent, followed by former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson deadlocking at 7 percent each.

The poll was taken Feb. 14–15, after Saturday night's GOP debate. Trump atacked former President George W. Bush's record on terrorism and the war on Iraq in that debate, arguing he failed to keep the country safe. It provoked a fiery confrontation with the former president's brother. 

Many wondered if the attacks by Trump, which prompted boos by the South Carolina crowd, would cut into his popularity in the state. 

This new poll, at least, suggests that it did not. 

PPP's survey of 897 likely GOP primary voters has a 3.3 percent margin of error. 

Trump’s support in the Palmetto State is up since the firm’s last sampling in November, when he lead the field with 25 percent.

Carson took 21 percent in that survey, followed by Cruz at 15 percent, Rubio at 13 percent and Bush at 8 percent.

Trump also remains the leader for the Republican presidential nomination nationwide. He commands an 8-percent edge over the competition, according to the RealClearPolitics average of polls.