FRONTRUNNER CRUISING …
Despite a barrage of negative attacks from multiple rivals – and a diss from the state’s popular governor, Nikki Haley – GOP frontrunner Donald Trump continues to cruise in early-voting South Carolina.
Three new polls – one from CNN/ ORC, another from the American Research Group (ARG) and a third from the S.C. House “Republican” Caucus – continue to show Trump with a big lead over the “Republican” field in this pivotal “First in the South” presidential primary.
The three new surveys confirm the results of three polls released earlier this week following last weekend’s GOP debate in Greenville, S.C.
It also further debunks polling released by the SuperPAC supporting establishment GOP hopeful Jeb Bush – who registered only ten percent of the vote in both of the new surveys.
According to the CNN/ ORC poll – released late Tuesday – Trump had the support of 38 percent of likely GOP primary voters in the Palmetto State. That put him sixteen points ahead of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas (22 percent) and twenty-four points ahead of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (14 percent).
CNN/ ORC surveyed 404 likely GOP primary voters between February 10-15. The survey’s margin of error is plus or minus five percentage points.
In the American Research Group survey – also released late Tuesday – Trump was backed by 35 percent of respondents, putting him twenty points ahead of Ohio governor John Kasich (15 percent), a surprise second place finisher. That poll had Rubio in third place with 14 percent, Cruz in fourth place with 12 percent and Bush in fifth place with 10 percent.
The ARG poll surveyed 400 likely primary voters from February 14-16 and has a margin of error of plus or minus five percentage points.
Finally, the latest survey from the S.C. House “Republican” Caucus showed Trump with 33.5 percent support – leading Cruz (15.5 percent), Rubio (14.8 percent), Bush (14.5 percent) and Kasich (8 percent). That poll surveyed 1,700 likely primary voters on February 15 and had a margin of error of 2.4 percentage points.