Trump still leads in S.C. but Kasich jumps into second, new polls shows

Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (AP Photo/Steven Senne) file

A new poll has Donald Trumps still in first place in the South Carolina Republican presidential primary but with Ohio Gov. John Kasich moving up.

Trump holds his consistent 35 percent range in the survey by American Research Group, while Kasich - who came in second in New Hampshire - is in second in South Carolina with a 15 percent following.

Next in line is Marco Rubio at 14 percent; Ted Cruz at 12 percent; and Jeb Bush at 10 percent.

“Kasich’s second place showing is based on support from women and self-reported independents,” the pollsters said.

The results come as the candidates are nearing their debate on CBS News tonight at 9 p.m. from Greenville.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders 65 percent to 27 percent.

Clinton leads among all groups and is especially strong among voters describing themselves as African Americans or black, where she leads Sanders 74 percent to 19 percent.

Both surveys were conducted Feb. 12-13. The calls involved phone contacts with 400 expected Republican primary voters, and 400 expected Democrat primary voters.

Both polls carry a 95 percent accuracy rating.