- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 24, 2016

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has a 3-point lead over Ohio Gov. John Kasich in Pennsylvania — one of the remaining states with a sizable chunk of delegates up for grabs next month — in a new poll.

Mr. Trump was at 33 percent among Republican voters, Mr. Kasich was at 30 percent and Sen. Ted Cruz was at 20 percent in the Franklin & Marshall College poll released this week.

Last month, Mr. Trump had been at 22 percent, Mr. Kasich was at 15 percent and Mr. Cruz was at 12 percent.

There are 71 GOP delegates up for grabs in the April 26 contest, though just 17 of those are technically bound to abide by the state popular vote on the first ballot at the Republican convention in July.

Mr. Trump often includes Pennsylvania as a state he’d put in play for Republicans if he’s the nominee.

But the poll showed him trailing Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton by 13 points, 46 percent to 33 percent. Sixty-five percent of Pennsylvania voters overall had an unfavorable view of Mr. Trump, compared to 27 percent with a favorable view.

Among Republicans only, Mr. Trump had a 46 percent/41 percent favorable/unfavorable split.

On the Democratic side, Mrs. Clinton had a 25-point, 53 percent to 28 percent, advantage over Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont.

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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