A new Fox News poll just released shows Donald Trump in a dead heat with Texas Senator Ted Cruz for the GOP nomination.
Trump, who has consistently lead the GOP primary since last year, is facing a serious challenge from Cruz as the GOP primary comes to a close.
Ted Cruz has surged to within striking distance of toppling Donald Trump nationally, according to a national Fox News poll released on Wednesday.
The New York billionaire still leads the three-man GOP primary race with 41 percent support. But, as the field has dwindled, support for the Texas senator’s campaign has doubled from 19 percent in February to 38 percent in the Fox poll. Kasich rounds out the survey with 17 percent support, with 1 percent undecided.
The Fox survey may be an outlier, though: Other national polls out Wednesday, including from Monmouth University, Quinnipiac University and Bloomberg, show Trump leading by at least 9 percentage points.
The real-estate mogul has a 274-delegate advantage over Cruz in his pursuit to 1,237, the magic number that would secure the Republican nomination outright. But should no candidate hit the requisite delegate mark, nearly 60 percent of respondents believe the nomination should go to the candidate with the most delegates. Thirty-five percent said the GOP should be able to nominate someone else if no one comes into the Cleveland convention with enough delegates.
Kasich, who has only won his home state thus far, is the only GOP candidate with a positive net favorability rating — +7 percent (40 percent favorable, 33 percent unfavorable). Trump’s net favorability is -34 percent (31 percent favorable, 65 percent unfavorable), while Cruz’s is -17 percent (36 percent favorable, 53 percent unfavorable).
The Ohio governor is also the only Republican who beats both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup — Kasich tops Clinton 51 percent to 40 percent and Sanders 44 percent to 43 percent.
Cruz beats Clinton by 3 percentage points head-to-head but loses to Sanders by 4 points. Trump, meanwhile, loses both matchups. The real-estate mogul falls to Hillary by 11 points and to Sanders by 14 points.
The Fox News poll of 388 registered Republican voters was conducted March 20-22 via landline and cellphone. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points, while the larger sample of 1,016 registered voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Here’s a video report on the ongoing battle between Trump and Cruz.
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