South Carolina Republican Primary: 3-Way Race Between Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio

PHOTO: Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event Jan. 23, 2016 in Pella, Iowa. | Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at Exeter Town Hall Jan. 20, 2016 in Exeter, N. H.. | Sen. Marco Rubio speaks on Jan. 23, 2016 in Nashua, N.H. PlayGetty Images | Getty Images | AP Photo
WATCH Donald Trump Is Projected to Win the South Carolina GOP Primary

The South Carolina Republican primary appears to be a three-person race between Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, based on exit poll data. ABC News has not projected a winner yet.

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won the Republican Iowa caucuses, the first contest of the 2016 presidential race, and Donald Trump won the New Hampshire Republican primary.

Since 1980, the Palmetto State has picked the eventual Republican nominee in every election cycle except in 2012, when Newt Gingrich beat out Mitt Romney in the primary.