With Republicans in Arizona and Utah set to vote in today’s GOP primary, businessman Donald Trump just received some amazing news about his standing among Republican voters.
Donald Trump remains the front-runner, commanding 45 percent support, followed by Ted Cruz at 24 percent and Kasich at 16 percent with 8 percent undecided.
Support for Trump and Cruz is largely unchanged, despite the dwindling field. Following a blowout loss to Trump in Florida, Marco Rubio bowed out of the race, and his support appears to have shifted to Kasich. Rubio’s campaign had urged the Florida senator’s supporters to back Kasich in Ohio in a plea to deny Trump from securing the GOP nomination outright by accruing the necessary 1,237 delegates.
But voters view the real-estate mogul as increasingly likely to win the nomination. Nearly 80 percent — a 4-point burst from last week — believe he will represent the GOP in the general election.
Furthermore, NBC News notes that Trump continues to do extremely well among white Evangelicals, a key voting blog in the Republican primary:
One of the biggest surprises in the Republican primary so far has been the strong support Trump has received from white evangelical Christians. In this week’s poll, Trump leads Cruz among overall white evangelicals by 7 points — 41 percent to 34 percent. This number, however, masks the fact that there are big differences among evangelical voters. If we divided white evangelicals into two groups — those who attend church more than once a week and those who do not — we find that Cruz is the favorite over Trump by a 15-point margin among those who attend church the most.
This finding is going to be critical going forward as the Republican primary season moves away from the South and the Midwest, and more to the East and West Coasts where church attendance patterns differ substantially. This potentially bodes well for Trump.
Here’s a report on the GOP primary:
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