While most polls show Donald Trump continuing to hold a double-digit lead in tomorrow’s South Carolina primaries, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll shows his lead down now at five points — down from his 16-point lead in the state a month ago.
Now, before you Trump supporters accuse anyone of trying to diminish Trump, let us remind y’all not to shoot the messenger.
Trump gets support from 28 percent of likely Republican primary voters in the state, while Ted Cruz gets 23 percent. They’re followed by Marco Rubio at 15 percent, Jeb Bush at 13 percent, and John Kasich and Ben Carson at 9 percent each.
In the January NBC/WSJ/Marist poll — conducted before this month’s Iowa and New Hampshire contests — Trump held a 16-point over Cruz, 36 percent to 20 percent, with Rubio at 14 percent and Bush at 9 percent.
All other recent public polling in South Carolina has shown Trump with a strong double-digit lead in the state.
The NBC/WSJ/Marist poll was conducted Feb. 15-17 of 722 likely GOP primary voters (a margin of error of plus-minus 3.6 percentage points) and 425 likely Democratic voters (plus-minus 4.8 percentage points).
Some have accused The Wall Street Journal of being unfair to Trump. For reference, this is the last WSJ poll prior to the New Hampshire primaries (H/T The Right Scoop):
In addition to variances in the ways polls are conducted, polls are showing that a good chunk of South Carolina voters are still undecided heading into tomorrow’s primary.
So, whatever poll (if any) you believe, the day still could bring some surprises!
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]