South Carolina Republican Presidential Poll: Trump 32, Cruz 26, Rubio 20, Bush 10

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 11, 2016   |   1:30PM   |   Washington, DC

A new internal poll in South Carolina — the first survey of where voters stand on the Republican presidential candidates int he next primary election state — has a real horse race among the top three candidates. The poll finds  Donald trump leading with Ted Cruz second and Marco Rubio third. Jeb Bush is a distant fourth.

Weekly Standard writer Bill Kristol has more:

I’ve just heard from a political operative whom I’ve known a long time and whose integrity I trust. This person is working with an organization—not one of the campaigns—that was in the field (using a very reputable pollster) Wednesday night in South Carolina.

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Here’s what the pollster found:

Trump 32

Cruz 26

Rubio 20

Bush 10

Carson 7

Kasich 2

Take it with the usual grains of salt, but I do trust these were the actual results of an honest and competent pollster doing his best to get an accurate read on the situation.

No polls have been conducted in South Carolina since January — making it so the mood of the electorate there has not been registered since Ted Cruz won the Iowa caucus vote and Donald Trump won the New Hampshire primary.