Another SC poll puts Trump in the lead
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMilitary personnel to handle coronavirus patients at facilities in NYC, New Orleans and Dallas Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has total of 20 patients: report Fauci says that all states should have stay-at-home orders MORE holds a commanding lead heading into the South Carolina GOP presidential primary on Saturday, according to a new Fox News poll.


Trump leads the Republican pack with 32 percent support in the Palmetto State, followed by Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFlorida sheriff asks for new leads in disappearance of Carole Baskin's former husband after Netflix's 'Tiger King' drops Ted Cruz jokes about quarantine boredom, 'Tiger King' Trump faces mounting pressure to unleash Defense Production Act MORE, who has 19 percent support, and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioPompeo: Countries must 'step up,' provide 'transparent' coronavirus information to save lives China did not count coronavirus positives if patient had no symptoms: report Trump seeks to sell public on his coronavirus response MORE, with 15 percent support. 

Jeb Bush and Ben Carson tie, with 9 percent support each, followed by John Kasich, with 6 percent support.

The poll is consistent with others released this week that have put Trump ahead by double digits in the state, with Cruz and Rubio in a close race for second. 

But the Fox poll also shows the billionaire businessman’s lead shrinking, though only slightly.

A Bloomberg Politics poll on Wednesday showed Trump with a 19-point lead over Cruz, and a Monmouth University poll also released on Wednesday showed him with an 18-point advantage over the Texas senator.

Trump’s lead is also down since the last iteration of the Fox News poll in December, which showed him with a 20-point lead in the state.

The Fox News poll shows Trump making inroads with evangelical Christians, which comprise 60 percent of the polling sample. He leads that group by 8 points, 31-23, over Cruz.

Cruz narrowly edges Trump when it comes to respondents who self-identify as “very conservative,” winning that group by 2 points, 31-29.

Trump also tops the field when it comes to the candidate respondents said they will “never” support, with 39 percent vowing not to vote for the real estate mogul.

Bush places second in that regard, with 21 percent forswearing a vote for the former Florida governor, followed by Cruz, with 19 percent, and Kasich and Rubio, who have 11 percent each.

The Fox News poll surveyed 759 likely Republican voters from Feb. 15–17 and has a margin of error of 3.5 percent.