A survey out Friday has Donald Trump at 28% to Ted Cruz's 23% among South Carolina Republicans
That lead of Trump over Cruz is narrower than other polls have shown in recent days
South Carolina Republicans vote in their primary on Saturday
Though Donald Trump continues to lead heading in to South Carolina’s primary Saturday, a new poll suggests his support could be fading in the campaign’s final days.
According to the NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist survey released Friday, the billionaire businessman leads the Republican race in the Palmetto State with 28% support. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is in second at 23%.
Trump’s lead is narrower than other polls of South Carolina Republicans have shown. A CNN poll of polls from Thursday had the average Trump lead over Cruz in recent polls at 16 percentage points, and a Fox News poll conducted on the same days as the NBC/WSJ/Marist poll found Trump up 13 percentage points over Cruz.
In Friday’s poll, Rubio trails in third with 15%, just ahead of Jeb Bush at 13%. John Kasich and Ben Carson are tied with 9%.
While the GOP race can be cleaved into three clear tiers in South Carolina, the Democratic side is more lopsided. Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders 60% to 32% among likely Democratic voters in the state.
The CNN poll of polls for Democrats in South Carolina also showed a significant Clinton lead, though smaller: 56% to 32%.
The WSJ/NBC News poll surveyed 722 likely Republican voters and 425 likely Democratic voters, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6% for the Republicans, and plus or minus 4.8% for Democrats. The poll was conducted between February 15 and 17.
CNN’s Jennifer Agiesta contributed to this story.