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South Carolina: Cruz Edges Closer to Trump

The Augusta Chronicle released a new poll on Saturday that showcased how the various Republican candidates performed in South Carolina.

Which Republican candidate would you vote for?

  • Donald Trump – 28%
  • Ted Cruz – 21%
  • Marco Rubio – 12%
  • Ben Carson – 10%
  • Jeb Bush – 10%

The Republican Party polling averages have completely stabilized in the recent weeks. The current trends showcase Donald Trump leading in every poll, followed closely by Ted Cruz in second, Marco Rubio in third, and a tie for fourth between Jeb Bush and Ben Carson.

Trump has managed to maintain high levels of support despite his disastrous comments in recent weeks. Trump is working hard to maintain his current voter base and is looking to expand it into the right-leaning fringes of the Republican Party. It remains to be seen whether or not this strategy is a winning one, but most experts believe that it isn’t a sound longterm strategy.

Cruz has failed to capitalize on his opponents mistakes. He continues to challenge Trump, offering a viable replacement option. However, his platform is a more moderate version of Trumps and he will need to convince voters that he has more to offer if he wants to get nominated and run for president.

Rubio is patiently waiting in the wings for both Cruz and Trump to collapse. While this could happen, Rubio is running the risk of waiting too long and missing his opportunity. He is a far more intelligent candidate that is intellectually savvy and capable of winning over young voters, but he needs to act fast and start securing votes.

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