GOP candidates locked in bitter fight for SC primary win

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On Saturday, South Carolinians will be choosing who they want to represent the Republican party in the general election, and the race is a tight one. (KTRK)

South Carolina seems to be a fight among three men, and two of them are pointing their fingers at the third.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz is fighting a narrative both Florida Senator Marco Rubio and billionaire businessman Donald trump are trying to weave -- calling Cruz a liar at every opportunity.

On Thursday, Donald Trump reiterated the accusation.

"He holds up the Bible and then he lies," Trump said of Cruz. "I think it's very inappropriate."

Cruz is fighting back and dared Trump to sue him after the billionaire sent a letter urging Cruz to stop.

"Running an advertisement that paints Trump as a liberal who would appoint a Supreme Court justice interested in removing certain rights."

The Rubio campaign also accuses Cruz of dishonesty. But the Houston-based campaign says it's all baseless rhetoric.

The question is: With all three men polling atop the half-dozen candidates remaining, what kind of impact will the narrative have on election day Saturday?

They are not, however, not alone in the efforts to win the Palmetto State.

Ben Carson thinks he'll perform better here than many expect.

"It's a very important state," the retired neurosurgeon told Eyewitness News in an event in Charleston. "It can have an effect of redirecting things. I think there is a lot of potential here. It's difficult. Not so much because they're loud but because the media try to control the argument. They try to pick and choose who you are supposed to be enthusiastic about."

John Kasich, the Ohio Governor, is hoping his strong New Hampshire second-place finish will lead to unexpected gains in future primaries.

And former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, after losing the coveted endorsement of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to Rubio, is running low on cash. His efforts this week have included campaigning with his brother, former President George W. Bush, and his mother, former First Lady Barbara Bush.

The polls open at 7pm EST Saturday morning and close 12 hours later.
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