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Trump Grows Stronger Ahead of Super Tuesday, Poll Shows

Real estate mogul and Republican front-runner for president Donald Trump increased his lead over Florida Sen. Marco Rubio ahead of Super Tuesday, according to a new Morning Consult national survey.

If Rubio hoped that going negative on Trump in the most recent GOP debate and on the campaign stump would reap benefits with voters, it hasn’t resonated with our national respondents. Forty-four percent of voters polled are backing the New York businessman, an increase of two percentage points from a few days ago. Meanwhile, Rubio dropped from 19 percent to 14 percent, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz moving into second with 15 percent of voters’ support.

 February 26-27, 2016February 24-25, 2016February 15-16, 2016
Donald Trump44%42%41%
Marco Rubio14%19%14%
Ted Cruz15%14%12%
Ben Carson9%9%11%
Jeb Bushn/an/a7%
John Kasich5%5%3%
Someone Else4%2%3%
Don't Know/No Opinion8%9%9%

On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton added one percentage point to her lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

 February 26-27, 2016February 24-25, 2016February 15-16, 2016
Hillary Clinton51%50%47%
Bernie Sanders35%35%39%
Someone Else6%5%5%
Don't Know/No Opinion9%10%9%

Clinton and Trump are projected to take most of the delegates up for allocation in primaries and caucuses across the country Tuesday.

The Morning Consult survey polled 2,002 registered voters on Feb. 26 and Feb. 27, for a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points. See the toplines and crosstabs.

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