Early exit poll South Carolina primary 2016: Poll opening, closing times, schedule, Will Donald Trump win
This is going to be an important day for Republican presidential hopefuls. South Carolina’s Republican voters will be voting and making their preferences known as to who they want to nominate to take on their Democratic opponents in the Presidential polls in November this year.
One fact that must be kept in mind is the fact that whoever wins South Carolina primary tends to win the nomination. Somehow or the other voters in the state have a reputation for picking winners.
A latest poll suggests that though Donald Trump enjoys lead in South Carolina, his lead here has shrunken considerably. Despite the fact that Trump is the top pick of 28% of likely Republican primary voters, he is down eight percentage points from a January survey, and his 16-point lead in the earlier poll has narrowed to five points over Texas Sen. Ted Cruzâ€™s 23%. On the other hand Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has been placed third with 15% vote share and Jeb Bush with as much as 13% vote share. This means that no one among the Republican voters has a decisive lead to sit pretty in tonightâ€™s primary.
The poll that was conducted by new Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist poll is the latest to show that Donald Trumpâ€™s double digit lead has narrowed to close to margin of error. The crowded contest for second place may mean the primary here wonâ€™t significantly winnow the field before the Feb. 23 GOP caucuses in Nevada, or even by March 1, when a swath of mostly Southern states will weigh in on the race.
In the meantime the billionaire businessman has told South Carolina voters that a win in their state will enable him to “run the table” in contests.Opponents challenge that claim, saying there is evidence his support is softening. His rivals say that, after other candidates drop out, they can beat Trump one-on-one. Saying he is backed by traditional conservatives, evangelicals, Ronald Reagan Democrats and young people, Cruz said he is re-assembling “that old Reagan coalition.” “The people of South Carolina,” Cruz said, “they want a conservative as the next president.” Cruz will not be in the state for part of primary day itself â€” he will fly to Washington to attend the funeral of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Cruz and the other Republican candidates have made filling Scalia’s seat a major campaign issue.
When is the South Carolina primary:Â Republican voters head to the polls on Saturday, Feb. 20. Democratic voters head to the polls a week later, on Feb. 27.
In South Carolina, polls are open for both parties between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.