Ohio Poll: Trump, Kasich Pull Far Ahead Of The Pack

March 9, 2016 11:04 a.m.

Celebrity billionaire Donald Trump has a lead of six percentage points in Ohio over the state’s governor, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday, indicating the Republican contest there has turned into a two-man race.

The poll shows support for Trump at 38 percent and Kasich at 32 percent. They are distantly followed by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) at 16 percent and Marco Rubio (R-FL) at 9 percent.

These results suggest that only Trump and Kasich have been successful in keeping up their momentum in the state since last month’s Quinnipiac poll, which showed a somewhat tighter contest between Trump at 31 percent, Kasich at 26 percent and Cruz at 21 percent. The Quinnipiac poll also corresponds to other polling of the state, which has shown that the central dynamic of the race will be the clash between the Ohio governor and the GOP frontrunner.

TPM’s PollTracker Average in the state shows Trump at 38.5 percent, Kasich at 33 percent, Cruz at 15.7 percent and Rubio at 8 percent.

Pollsters surveyed 685 people in Ohio likely to vote in the Republican primary from March 2-7, with a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points.

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