Poll: Trump Ranks Second Behind Jeb In Virginia GOP Primary

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is leading the Republican presidential race in Virginia, but real estate mogul Donald Trump is not far behind, according a poll released Thursday.

The survey by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling found 18 percent of Republican primary voters chose Bush as the candidate they would favor while Trump and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker were tied with 14 percent each.

The PPP poll followed two national polls that have placed Trump at the top of a crowded Republican field.

The rest of the top 10 candidates in the poll were former pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson with 10 percent, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee with 8 percent, Sen. Marco Rubio (FL) with 7 percent and four candidates tied at 5 percent each — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Ted Cruz (TX), Sen. Rand Paul (KY), and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Florina.

Virginia Democrats clearly favored former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as she polled at 64 percent. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who is also running in the Democratic primary, polled at 14 percent.

The poll was conducted from 1,170 registered voters, 502 of whom were Republican primary voters, from July 13 to 15. The margin of error was plus or minus 2.9 percent and for Republicans it was plus or minus 4.4 percent. The poll was conducted by landline, except for 20 percent who completed the survey online.

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