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Former reality-television host Donald Trump has a substantial 16-point lead in the Republican primary contest in South Carolina on the heels of his New Hampshire primary victory, according to an Opinion Savvy poll released Friday.

The poll, which was the first taken in South Carolina since before the New Hampshire primary, also indicates that competition for second place remains tight in a spread that is consistent with much national polling and with most previous poll results.

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During his first court appearance since his arrest, Nevada rancher and anti-government icon Cliven Bundy requested a court-appointed attorney Thursday, according to The Oregonian.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Janice M. Stewart said she needed to see Bundy's financial documents to assess whether he should receive a public defender.

"The court only appoints counsel for those who can't afford an attorney," Stewart said, according to The Oregonian.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday said he had nothing to do with reported push polls to South Carolina residents denounced by both Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Donald Trump.

"I have no idea. We had nothing to do with them. I don't know what they were. We had nothing to do with them. So I had read reports of what is being said but somebody else is doing them, not us," Cruz told reporters on Thursday when asked about reports of the polls, according to Politico.

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