Trump Dominates Polls in South Carolina and New Hampshire

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Donald Trump‘s star continues to rise as the real estate magnate posts even stronger numbers in a variety of local and nationwide polls. A new Monmouth University poll has Trump dominating the crowded GOP field with a tidy 30 percent of the vote in South Carolina, while Public Policy Polling’s data has Trump obliterating the competition with a decisive 35 percent of the vote in New Hampshire.

Trump’s performance in South Carolina has given his campaign plenty to be proud of: he leads the pack by a whopping 15 points, with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson trailing Trump with 15 percent of the vote. No other Republican candidate managed to secure double digits, while GOP hopeful Lindsey Graham, a senator from South Carolina, cobbled together a measly 4 percent.

Never one to miss an opportunity to take down the opposition, Trump posted a tweet directed at Graham’s poor performance:

The tweet received thousands of favorites and retweets within hours. South Carolina has proven itself time and again as an important state for GOP candidates hoping to win the nomination for the general election.

Meanwhile, the Republican landscape in New Hampshire paints a different story, with the only common thread being Trump’s strong numbers. While Trump leads by a comfortable margin, it’s Ohio Governor John Kasich in second place with 11 percent of the vote, followed by former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina with 10 percent, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker both tied at 7 percent.

According to Public Policy Polling, the dynamics within the Republican primary have changed dramatically within the last several months. In April, Walker commanded 24 percent of the vote and frontrunners Trump, Kasich, and Fiorina were not even included in the poll. Now, Walker – along with candidates like Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee – have seen their numbers plummet while Trump’s support grows.

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Jeb Bush

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Rand Paul

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Mike Huckabee

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