Trump, Clinton still leading in new SC polls

Donald Trump (left) and Hillary Clinton
Donald Trump (left) and Hillary Clinton

Another poll out Thursday shows that South Carolina voters are not changing their minds about who they like for president.

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton hold commanding leads in 2016 S.C. presidential polls taken by NBC News, The Wall Street Journal and Marist College.

The pair have led all but one poll taken since the summer in the state with the South’s first presidential primaries.

Trump leads U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas 36 percent to 20 percent among likely Republican primary voters in the new poll. The New York billionaire developer’s 16 percentage point-lead is on par in several S.C. polls taken over the past month.

Trump stopped at a tree farm in Gilbert on Wednesday night where he picked up the endorsement of Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster, a former state attorney general and S.C. GOP party chair.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is third at 14 percent ahead of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 9 percent and retired Maryland neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 8 percent. Again, those results are similar to their showings in Palmetto State polls since December.

None of the other six candidates in the GOP field notched no better than 2 percent. Six percent of likely voters for the S.C. GOP presidential primary on Feb. 20 said they were undecided.

Among Democrats, NBC News’ polls found Clinton is outpacing U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont 64 percent to 27 percent — a typical size lead for the former secretary of state in the S.C. campaign. A poll released Sunday by CBS News had a more narrow 22 percentage point margin for Clinton over Sanders.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley registered at 2 percent. Seven percent of likely voters for the S.C. Democratic primary on Feb. 27 did not choose a favorite.