Poll: Ted Cruz Trails Trump By Only 8 Points in South Carolina

South Carolina-
Trump 24%
Cruz 16%

Donald Trump continues to lead the GOP pack among South Carolina primary voters, but his lead is far slimmer in a survey released Thursday than one from the day before.

Trump has the backing of 24 percent of Republican voters in the Palmetto State, according to a Winthrop University survey, an 8-point lead over his closet competition.

A Fox News poll released Wednesday, however, found the front-runner 20 points ahead of the rest of the field in South Carolina. 
Winthrop University’s sampling concluded before Trump’s controversial call for a ban on admitting Muslims into the U.S. earlier this week.

Sen. Ted Cruz  is Trump’s biggest rival in South Carolina, Winthrop says, earning 16 percent of likely Republican voters there.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson places third with 14 percent, while Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) ranks fourth with 11 percent.