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Trump and Clinton Increase the Gap in South Carolina

The latest poll by CBS News/YouGov shows that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are continuing to build their leads in South Carolina, ahead of the state’s upcoming primary.

Which Democratic candidate would you vote for?

  • Hillary Clinton – 59%
  • Bernie Sanders – 40%

Which Republican candidate would you vote for?

  • Donald Trump – 42%
  • Ted Cruz – 20%
  • Marco Rubio – 15%
  • John Kasich – 9%
  • Jeb Bush / Ben Carson – 6%

Clinton is going to be tough for Bernie Sanders to beat in South Carolina. Even though Clinton hasn’t done anything for African-Americans in the state, they adore her and they will turn out in large numbers to vote for her.

Sanders will have to win over the African American vote over the next 13 days if he wants to close the gap and challenge Clinton for the state. He has been slowly collecting endorsements from various figures in the black community, but he has a long way to go before he can champion them as a large voting block for his campaign.

As for Trump, he continues to lead in South Carolina and that shouldn’t change, even if he says something controversial. Ted Cruz will continue to court religious voters, and he will have success in doing that, but Trump is appealing to average Americans in a way that other politicians have failed to do in this current election cycle.

Even though Trump is a billionaire, average Americans view him as a man of the people, whereas they see Cruz as creepy and as someone they cannot relate to.

Marco Rubio, John Kasich, and Jeb Bush, are all lost candidates at this point and they are only holding on in hopes that both Trump and Cruz will fall apart. The fact that they continue to hang on in this election is helping Trump as they are spreading the vote so thin that Trump remains on top through most major polls and primaries.

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