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GOP candidates in high-stakes chess match in South Carolina, Democrats in similar dilemma

GOP candidates in high-stakes chess match in South Carolina, Democrats in similar dilemma

GOP candidates in high-stakes chess match in South Carolina, Democrats in similar dilemma

South Carolina primary is going to give precisely clear indications as to what is going to happen with both Republican and Democratic presidential hopefuls. There are reasons to believe that at least one or two Republican hopefuls will drop in the wake of the primary results.

On the other hand, in case of Democrats, if former secretary of state Hillary Clinton wins the South Carolina primary with a huge margin, the Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will be under pressure to withdraw and leave the field clear for Clinton. Before he started attracting young voters to his rallies in droves, not many people gave Sen. Sanders any chance against the Democratic front runner.

In the meantime latest polls suggest that billionaire businessman Donald Trump holds a huge 16-point lead over his nearest rival among the Republicans. The real estate magnate holds this massive lead among those likely to vote in South Carolina’s Republican primary this Saturday. The poll was conducted by CNN/ORC.

On the other hand among democrats, former first lady holds even a bigger lead. Hillary Clinton tops Bernie Sanders by 18 points in the state’s Democratic primary, which will be held a week later.

CNN/ORC poll findings suggest that when it comes to the Republican race, Trump, at 38%, tops Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who holds second place with 22%. Behind those two, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio garners 14% support, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is at 10%, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has 6% and Ohio Gov. John Kasich is at 4%. Trump’s lead is bolstered by widespread perceptions of him as the candidate best able to handle the economy, immigration and ISIS, and further, that he has the best chance to win in November and would be most likely to change the way things work in Washington.

In the meantime the US President Barack Obama has attacked Republican presidential hopefuls, particularly Donald Trump. Obama did not limit his criticism to the billionaire real estate tycoon, hitting out at “troubling” statements from the entire GOP field of candidates seeking to replace him.

While attacking Trump, Obama who demits office by the end of the year, said “I continue to believe that Mr Trump will not be president. And the reason is because I have a lot of faith in the American people. And I think they recognize that being president is a serious job…It’s not hosting a talk show or a reality show. It’s not promotion. It’s not marketing. It’s hard…It’s not a matter of pandering and doing whatever will get you in the news on a given day. And sometimes it requires you making hard decisions, even when people don’t like it”.

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