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Trump's Lead Slashed in SC, Clinton Holds Strong Against Sanders: Poll

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    In this file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Dordt College, on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Sioux Center, Iowa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Donald Trump is now leading Saturday's South Carolina Republican primary by 5 points — down from his 16-point lead in the state a month ago, according to results from a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll.

    Trump gets support from 28 percent of likely Republican primary voters in the state, while Ted Cruz gets 23 percent. They're followed by Marco Rubio at 15 percent, Jeb Bush at 13 percent, and John Kasich and Ben Carson at 9 percent each. 

    In South Carolina's Democratic primary — which will be held on Feb. 27 — Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders among likely voters by 28 points, 60 percent to 32 percent. That's down slightly from Clinton's 64 percent to 27 percent advantage last month.

    The poll has a margin of error of plus-minus 3.6 percentage points among the Republican primary voters surveyed. It was 4.8 percentage points among Democrats.