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Dashing across South Carolina Friday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hit all his usual themes (Obamacare, a wall along the Mexican border, Common Core, lobbyists, foreign trade), while calling former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush clueless and Cruz a liar.

The frenzy of activity came as the latest South Carolina poll indicated Trump’s lead over Cruz has dipped to single digits, with Bush running third and Rubio fourth.

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Trump held three rallies around the state.

Mixing a bleak picture of current affairs with a promise to make Americans “very proud” of their country, told his supporters they were on the verge of “something very special.”

“What we have is so special,” Trump told a crowd at the North Charleston Convention Center. Earlier in Myrtle Beach he reportedly added: “And we can’t blow the movement. We have to make sure we get a big mandate. We have to go out tomorrow. We have to go out and vote.”

Trump had been leading by double digits in most South Carolina polls. But an NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist College survey Friday showed he led Cruz by just five points, 28 percent to 23 percent. Rubio had 15 percent and Bush 13.