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Donald Trump’s lead narrows; Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush battle for 3rd in South Carolina

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With just one day before the South Carolina primary, Donald Trump’s lead in the Palmetto State is narrowing. Trump still leads the pack, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll of likely South Carolina Republican primary voters; however, Ted Cruz is now within 5 points of the New York businessman. Trump gets 28 support from likely GOP primary voters, followed by Cruz at 23 percent. Marco Rubio is at 15 percent, while Jeb Bush is at 13 percent.…

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Jeb Bush told: “Your message isn’t resonating”

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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is getting an earful of advice — much of it about Donald Trump — during a campaign appearance in South Carolina. One man in the town hall audience of about 300 people told Bush his presidential “campaign has been co-opted by the P.T. Barnum of our time.” Another man at the same event told Bush, “I’m afraid that your message isn’t resonating,” suggesting Bush turn the other cheek to Trump’s continual taunting. Bush calls Trump…

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Jeb Bush tells NBC News he’s in race for “long haul”

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Jeb Bush is in the race for “the long haul.” Or at least that’s what the former Florida governor told NBC News reporter Peter Alexander during an interview this week. Bush brushed off questions about whether South Carolina would be his campaign’s last stand, saying he is doing well in the Palmetto State. “The obituaries have been written probably once a week and, we’re in it for the long haul,” said Bush. “But we are going to do well here.”…

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Barbara Bush to campaign with son in SC

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Jeb Bush says that his mother, Barbara Bush, will campaign for him again in South Carolina with days to go until the state’s Republican primary. The former Florida governor said Tuesday that his mother, the former First Lady, would join him on the road as she did ahead of the New Hampshire primary. Campaign spokeswoman Kristy Campbell said Barbara Bush would come to South Carolina on Thursday and stay through Saturday when South Carolina votes for a Republican presidential nominee.…

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In new ad Trey Gowdy says “no one is stronger” than Marco Rubio on national security

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Marco Rubio is the best candidate to keep America safe. That’s the message U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy is sending in a new advertisement set to air in the Palmetto State. “I have spent my life fighting to enforce the rule of law and keep Americans safe. And no one is stronger for America’s security than Marco Rubio,” the South Carolina Republican is shown saying in the advertisement. “Marco Rubio will be a commander in chief who brings back American strength.…

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New Right to Rise ad says South Carolina voters should end the Donald Trump charade

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A new radio advertisement that takes a swipe at Donald Trump and his profanity laced speeches is set to begin airing in South Carolina. The 60-second spot — paid for by Right to Rise USA, the super PAC backing Jeb Bush —ponders whether Trump shares South Carolina voters’ values. The advertisement features snippets from Trump’s speeches, where he is heard using some salty language. Right to Rise bleeps out any profanity. “The time is now for South Carolina to end…

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Presidential contenders fight for minority voters in South Carolina

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Presidential candidates in both parties battled for the crucial backing of blacks and Hispanics on Friday as the race shifted toward states with more minority voters. Republicans crisscrossed South Carolina looking to derail billionaire Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who each came to the state with a burst of momentum after the first two nomination contests. Several candidates embraced the chaos as they felt out the best strategies to survive South Carolina and advance into a grueling March…

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