For the first time in months, Donald Trump has lost the lead in a major national poll, falling behind Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
Trump took the lead in national GOP surveys in July, surpassing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. He has dominated the race since then, except for a period in the fall during Ben Carson's short boomlet.
But the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows a significant shift: Cruz has the backing of 28% of the Republican primary voters surveyed, with Trump at 26%. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, at 17%, Gov. John Kasich of Ohio at 11%, Carson at 10% and Bush at 4% round out the field.
Feb. 17, 2016, 7:39 p.m.
If he wants to file a lawsuit, he can file it and lose.
Ted Cruz, on Donald Trump's threat of a lawsuit over the Canadian-born Cruz's eligibility to serve as president
Sen. Ted Cruz said Wednesday that Apple should comply with a court order to help investigators access encrypted data on a cellphone belonging to the couple who gunned down 14 people in the attack in San Bernardino in December.
"They have a binding search order," Cruz said during a GOP presidential candidates' town hall in Greenville, S.C. "I think we can walk and chew gun at the same time. We can protect ourselves from terrorists and protect our civil rights."
Apple vowed to fight the order and said the FBI's call for the company to help defeat security measures on a phone belonging to one of terrorists would be a major blow to customer privacy.
Marco Rubio, who always wanted to play in the NFL rather than be a politician, said the life lessons taught by the sport are worth the potential health risks.
"Football has inherent dangers," Rubio said during CNN's town hall Wednesday featuring half the remaining Republican field. But he added: "I ultimately think football is an incredible sport. It teaches life lessons that are invaluable."
Rubio, a Miami Dolphins fan who has two young sons and coaches youth football, said children are taught how to use other parts of their body -- rather than their heads -- for blocking.
Sen. Marco Rubio recalled the racism he faced as a child as Cubans immigrated to the U.S. during the Mariel boat-lift of 1980.
"Some of the kids, the older kids, were taunting my family: 'Why don't you go back on your boat?'" Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, said during a GOP candidates forum Wednesday in South Carolina. "I said, 'What boat? My mom doesn't even swim.'"
Rubio said he was a 7-year-old living in Las Vegas when the Mariel boat-lift took place during an economic downturn in Cuba. As many as 125,000 Cubans in six months made the journey from Mariel Harbor in Cuba to Florida.