Poll: Ted Cruz Closes Gap on Donald Trump

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz picked up enough delegates last week to solidify his status as the leading contender to take on front-runner Donald Trump in the Republican presidential primary, and a new Morning Consult national survey shows him gaining on the bombastic billionaire.

In the latest survey, taken March 4 through March 6, Cruz picked up 8 percentage points to pull within 17 points of Trump. It’s a 12-point swing from our previous poll after the New Yorker dropped four percentage points.

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 March 4-6, 2016February 26-27, 2016February 24-25, 2016
Donald Trump40%44%42%
Ted Cruz23%15%14%
Marco Rubio14%14%19%
John Kasich10%5%5%
Ben Carsonn/a9%9%
Someone Else5%4%2%
Don't Know/No Opinion8%8%9%

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio remained the first choice for 14 percent of respondents, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich doubled his support from the previous poll.

On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton maintained her 16-point lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

 March 4-6, 2016February 26-27, 2016February 24-25, 2016
Hillary Clinton52%51%50%
Bernie Sanders36%35%35%
Someone Else5%6%5%
Don't Know/No Opinion7%9%10%

The Morning Consult survey polled 2,019 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points. See the toplines and crosstabs.


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Washington Brief: Week in Review & What’s Ahead

President Donald Trump unveiled his fiscal year 2018 budget blueprint. Along with proposed cuts to foreign aid and the Department of Energy, the proposal would roll back funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, cut funding for the National Institutes of Health and implement large cuts across the government to fund defense and security increases.

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