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Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

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Donald Trump still has a commanding lead in the Republican presidential primary with 34 percent support from Republican primary voters, according to a Fox News national poll released on Friday.

Trailing Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) received 20 percent support, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) received 11 percent support, and Dr. Ben Carson received 8 percent support.

The standings remain mostly unchanged from the last Fox News national poll two weeks ago when Trump led with 35 percent support and Cruz followed with 20 percent support.

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has asked his advisers to create a campaign plan for an independent presidential bid since the billionaire sees a potential opening in the race, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

Bloomberg has told friends that he is considering spending at least $1 billion on the race and that he will decide on a run by early March, according to the New York Times.

He has said he's likely to launch a bid if Republicans nominate either Donald Trump or Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Democrats nominate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), according to the Times.

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Updated at 1:12 p.m.

Two Democratic Tennessee state legislators on Thursday introduced legislation that would prohibit the secretary of state from placing any presidential candidate who is not a "natural born citizen" on the Tennessee ballot, the Associated Press reported. The bill would also prohibit Tennessee electors to the Electoral College from voting for a candidate who is not a "natural born citizen."

Sen. Jeff Yarbro (D), one of the bill's sponsors, told TPM on Friday that the bill "isn't about any one candidate," but said that the questions surrounding Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) "highlighted" the issue for him.

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Willie Robertson, one of the stars of A&E's "Duck Dynasty," endorsed Donald Trump on Thursday, according to a press release from the Trump campaign.

"Mr. Trump is a real leader. He represents success and strength, two attributes our country needs. Like me, he is a successful businessman and family man and I endorse his candidacy for President of the United States," Willie Robertson said in a statement.

Robertson also joined Trump on Thursday night at the Outdoor Sportsman Awards in Las Vegas, according to the Trump campaign.

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