Polls give Donald Trump huge advantage going into South Carolina

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Polls Give Donald Trump Huge Advantage Going Into South Carolina

Coming off of his first political win in New Hampshire, Donald Trump now has his sights set on South Carolina, and a new national poll shows he may be gaining even more momentum across the country.

According to a poll from Morning Consult, he has more than double the support of any rival among self-identified Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.

Trump holds a commanding 44 percent lead with this key voting bloc. His closest rival, Ted Cruz, only comes in with 17 percent of support.

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Polls give Donald Trump huge advantage going into South Carolina
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Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, speaks during a campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. Trump, according to a flurry of early-state and national polls, is the overwhelming favorite of self-identified moderate and liberal Republican voters. Among more conservative voters, he often trails his chief rival for the nomination, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. Photographer: T.J. Kirkpatrick/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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In South Carolina, polls of likely primary voters also find him with a wide margin over the next closest Republican, Ted Cruz. Although the margin isn't quite as large as that national poll.

The pair have battled over social media and through ads. Cruz recently launched an attack ad blasting Trump for having "a pattern of sleaze stretching back decades."

Despite his strong lead, Cruz lashed out at Ted Cruz on Twitter. "How can Ted Cruz be an evangelical Christian when he lies so much and is so dishonest?" the 2016 candidate wrote.

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