Poll: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton still ahead in South Carolina

A new poll shows Donald Trump pulling ahead in South Carolina. This file photo shows the Republical presidential candidate speaking in December on the hanger deck of the USS Yorktown. Wade Spees/Staff

A new political poll shows Donald trump solidifying his lead in South Carolina, including among evangelicals and conservative Republicans.

The CBS survey outs Trump at 42 percent — a large lead ahead of Ted Cruz, who is next in line at 20 percent.

Marco Rubio came out in third place at 15 percent. John Kasich trails behind him at 9 percent and Jeb Bush and Ben Carson are tied at 6 percent, according to the survey.

On the Democrat side, the CBS poll shows Hillary Clinton pulling ahead at 59 percent and Bernie Sanders lagging behind at 40 percent.

In the report, it says Clinton’s lead is bolstered by strong support from the African American voters who comprise most of the Democratic electorate in the state.

Sanders leads among white voters and younger voters, continuing the campaign dynamics from Iowa and New Hampshire, according to CBS.

The survey was conducted Feb. 10-12. It involved calls to 22,517 registered voters and the sample included 1,753 phone recruits. There is a 5.2 percent margin of error in the poll, according to CBS.

All the GOP candidates will hold events in the state this week, but Trump and Bush are campaigning Monday in Charleston. Trump is scheduled to appear at noon at the East Cooper Republican Club Lunch.

Former President George W. Bush will be at a Jeb Bush for president rally at 6 p.m. at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.

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