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Trump leads Cruz 2-to-1 nationally

Donald Trump has nearly a 2-1 advantage over his next closest Republican rival, according to the latest NBC News/SurveyMonkey national weekly online tracking poll.

The billionaire businessman earned 39 percent support among registered Republican voters surveyed, a 1-point drop from the previous week’s poll. Ted Cruz saw a 2-point bump over the same period, but only up to 20 percent. Marco Rubio dropped 3 points to 18 percent, while John Kasich earned a mere 9 percent.

The recently-exited Ben Carson earned 8 percent, while 6 percent said they did not know.

Republicans have also decided who gets their vote — 53 percent said they are “absolutely certain” on their candidate, compared to 60 percent of Democrats.

Among Democrats, Hillary Clinton’s lead over Bernie Sanders grew to 17 points — 55 percent to 38 percent — a jump of 10 points from the prior week’s poll.

And regardless of their candidate preference, eight in 10 (79 percent) of registered Democratic voters think Clinton will win the Democratic nomination over Sanders, while just 19 percent said the same for Sanders over Clinton.

The online poll was conducted Feb. 29 to March 6, surveying 6,481 Republican voters (with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.1 percentage points) and 6,245 Democratic voters (with a margin of error of plus or minus 1.9 percentage points).

source: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-leads-cruz-2-to-1-nationally/article/2585209

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