Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to voters during a campaign event Feb. 15, in Greenville, S.C.
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February 16, 2016 10:53 AM EST

Donald Trump is still far ahead in the pack of Republicans while the gap between Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton and surging rival Bernie Sanders has shrunk to just 10 percentage points, according to a new national poll.

Trump is the preferred candidate for 38% of registered Republicans, according to a new NBC News/Survey Monkey online poll. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz trails him by 20 points with 18% of the vote. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was the preferred candidate for 14% of survey participants.

On the Democratic side, the difference between Clinton and Sanders has narrowed, as Clinton holds the lead with 50% compared to Sanders’ 40% among registered Democrats.

The poll showed Sanders with slightly more support among white Democratic voters, while Clinton holds stronger support among non-white voters, who will be critical in the upcoming contests in South Carolina and Nevada.

The poll—which surveyed 13,129 adults, including 11,417 registered voters—was conducted between Feb. 8 and Feb. 14 following the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. The margin of error was 1.1 percentage points. Most pollsters are skeptical of the value of online only polls, however.

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