GOP FRONTRUNNER MAINTAINS “YUGE” LEAD IN EARLY-VOTING SOUTH CAROLINA
A rocky debate performance and a steady onslaught of negative attacks coming from his rivals – most notably former Florida governor Jeb Bush – have made nary a dent in Donald Trump‘s dominance in early-voting South Carolina.
Three new polls released this week show Trump with a huge (yuge?) advantage over the rest of the “Republican” field.
They also show a rapidly evolving battle for second place among Trump’s top rivals – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, Ohio governor John Kasich and former Florida governor Jeb Bush.
The first poll – by North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling (PPP) – has Trump at 35 percent, with Cruz and Rubio tied for second place at 18 percent support. Kasich is in fourth place in that survey with 10 percent, ahead of Bush and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson – who are tied at seven percent apiece.
PPP surveyed 897 likely GOP primary voters on Sunday and Monday, and its results have a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percent. Not surprisingly, this Democratic-leaning firm leaked its results to The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper.
The second poll was published by the S.C. House “Republican” Caucus. Its survey of 1,200 likely primary voters – conducted on Sunday – found Trump at 32.6 percent, Rubio at 14 percent, Cruz at 13.9 percent, Bush at 13.3 percent, Kasich at 9.9 percent and Carson at 5.8 percent.
This poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 2.8 percent.
The third poll – an automated survey of 416 likely voters conducted by Crantford Research for The (Columbia, S.C.) Free Times – found Trump at 32 percent, Cruz at 16 percent, Rubio at 13 percent, Bush at 12 percent, Kasich at 9 percent and Carson at four percent.
This survey was also conducted on Sunday and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.8 percentage points.
All three of these surveys reaffirm prior polling showing Trump rolling in South Carolina.
Well, with one exception … the poll released earlier this week by Right to Rise, the SuperPAC that’s pumped tens of millions of dollars into Bush’s bid.