Palmetto Sunrise: Presidential candidates Donald Trump, Ted Cruz stop in South Carolina today

In this Dec. 2, 2015, photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Prince William County Fair Ground in Manassas, Va. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

COLUMBIA The top two contenders in the Republican primary - in the latest polls out last week - have campaign stops in South Carolina today.

Republican front-runner, real estate mogul Donald Trump will be in the Lowcountry this evening, stopping at the USS Yorktown for a Pearl Harbor Day rally.

The rally will begin at 7 p.m. at the aircraft carrier, located at 40 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant. For information or to register for a free ticket, visit Eventbrite.

Earlier in the day, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, will participate in one of South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott’s presidential town halls. Cruz will appear at the Younts Conference Center at Furman University at 11:30 a.m.

A CNN/ORC International poll released Friday placed Cruz in second place behind Trump among likely Republican voters. Cruz edged out former second place Republican Ben Carson. Cruz got 16 percent of the potential vote to Carson’s 14.

Trump, however, remains clearly in the lead with 36 percent of voters surveyed saying they would vote for the businessman.

In state news, the Special Senate Committee Regarding Flood Relief Efforts will meet this afternoon to hear updates from the departments of agriculture, revenue, transportation and the Emergency Management Division.

Check out news making headlines this morning:

The Jenny Horne liar, liar pants on fire law (The Post and Courier)

O’Malley: $5.3M Confederate flag proposal ‘appalling waste’ of tax dollars (The Post and Courier)

Hillary Clinton says background check of Charleston church shooter wasn’t ‘fast enough’ (Politifact)

Obama: US will defeat terror threat’s new phase (The Associated Press)

Republicans Decry Obama Speech as Defending ‘Failing’ Policy (Bloomberg News)

McCaul on San Bernardino terror attacks: ‘We didn’t see this coming’ (FOX News)

Former President Jimmy Carter Says He Is Cancer-Free (NPR)

Gun control, refugees, flood relief proposals await lawmakers in January session (The Post and Courier)

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