Trump Remains Ahead of Cruz in South Carolina Ahead of Primaries Vote

© REUTERS / Jonathan ErnstRepublican U.S. presidential candidates former Governor Jeb Bush (L) and businessman Donald Trump (R) speak simultaneously about the war in Iraq and the record of Bush's brother, former President George W. Bush, as Senator Ted Cruz (C) looks on during the Republican U.S. presidential candidates debate sponsored by CBS News and the Republican National Committee in Greenville, South Carolina February 13, 2016.
Republican U.S. presidential candidates former Governor Jeb Bush (L) and businessman Donald Trump (R) speak simultaneously about the war in Iraq and the record of Bush's brother, former President George W. Bush, as Senator Ted Cruz (C) looks on during the Republican U.S. presidential candidates debate sponsored by CBS News and the Republican National Committee in Greenville, South Carolina February 13, 2016. - Sputnik International
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Voter support for Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump in the US state of South Carolina has declined by 8 percent compared to January, but he is still ahead of the closest rival and US Senator Ted Cruz, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist Poll revealed on Friday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Trump received 28 percent of likely Republican voter support, making him lead by 5 percent ahead of Cruz, according to the poll.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts to a question posed by an audience member at Politics and Eggs in Manchester, N.H., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. - Sputnik International
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In January, Trump enjoyed a 16-percent lead over Cruz.

On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is a clear frontrunner with 60 percent of likely voter support, according to the poll. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders trails with 32 percent.

In the upcoming South Carolina primaries on February 20, candidates are expected to a face a more conservative and evangelical electorate compared to previous votes in New Hampshire and Iowa.

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