- The Washington Times - Monday, March 7, 2016

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump holds a 13-point lead in Michigan ahead of Tuesday’s primary, but weekend polling showed Ohio Gov. John Kasich could be making a late move in the state, according to a Monmouth University survey released Monday.

Mr. Trump was at 36 percent support among likely GOP primary voters in Michigan, followed by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at 23 percent, Mr. Kasich at 21 percent and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida at 13 percent.

“After this past weekend’s mixed bag of results, Trump appears positioned for a win in Michigan, but the race may be tightening in the final hours,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute. “Trump’s support may be dropping, while Kasich’s star could be rising.”

The survey was conducted Thursday through Sunday. In Thursday and Friday interviews, Mr. Trump was at 39 percent, compared to 22 percent for Mr. Cruz, 17 percent for Mr. Kasich and 14 percent for Mr. Rubio.

In Saturday and Sunday interviews, though, Mr. Trump was at 32 percent, with 26 percent for Mr. Kasich, 25 percent for Mr. Cruz and 12 percent for Mr. Rubio.

If Mr. Trump does end up as the GOP presidential nominee, 71 percent of Republican primary voters said they would support him against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. Nine percent said they would vote for Mrs. Clinton, 9 percent said they wouldn’t vote, 4 percent said they would vote for someone else, and 7 percent said they weren’t sure.

On the Democratic side, Mrs. Clinton had a 13-point, 55 percent to 42 percent, lead in the state over Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont.



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