TRUMP STILL LEADS, CRUZ AND RUBIO CLIMBING, BUSH IS KAPUT
Donald Trump remains the “Republican” frontrunner in early voting South Carolina, but he’s lost ground to retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. That’s according to a new survey released this week by North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling (PPP).
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas finished third in the poll with 15 percent, followed by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida with 13 percent.
Cruz has seen his Palmetto State support nearly triple – from six to fifteen percent – in the last two months, while Rubio has more than tripled his support, from four to thirteen percent.
“The only two candidates with any sort of momentum in South Carolina are Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, both of whom are up 9 points from our September poll,” PPP’s pollsters noted.
The biggest loser in the survey? Former Florida governor Jeb Bush – who received the support of only eight percent of respondents despite blanketing the state with television ads in recent weeks.
Bush and Wisconsin governor Scott Walker – who dropped out of the race back in September – were the early frontrunners in South Carolina.