Poll: Trump, Cruz Engage In Two-Point Battle For Iowa While Rubio Fades

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January 26, 2016 7:29 a.m.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has a slim lead over rival Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) just days before the Iowa caucus in the latest Quinnipiac University Poll of likely Republican caucusgoers released Tuesday morning.

Trump polled at 31 percent compared to Cruz’s 29 percent. The Quinnipiac University Poll released Jan. 11 found the same results.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) polled in a distant third at 13 percent, which is a two-point decline since the last poll.

No other candidates polled above 7 percent.

Despite former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s (R) endorsement of Trump in Iowa last week, Cruz earned 50 percent of tea partiers surveyed compared to Trump’s 34 percent.

The Iowa caucus is Feb. 1.

The poll was conducted among 651 likely Republican caucusgoers from Jan. 18-24 by cell phone and landlines. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.8 percent.

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