Cruz lead in Texas grows to 14 points
One week before Super Tuesday, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz holds a 14-point lead in the Lone Star State, according to a poll released Wednesday by Houston Public Media and the University of Houston Hobby Center for Public Policy.The Rubio numbers have to be a big disappointment to the establishment partisans. An earlier poll showed Cruz with a seven-point advantage. I have received calls from three different polling outfights in recent days.
It suggests a decisive home state win for Cruz's wavering campaign, though not the wide margin that experts had long said Cruz should expect. Still, it's a wider lead than reported in another statewide poll released Tuesday.
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The new poll, which contacted 415 likely Republican voters in Texas by phone, shows Cruz with 34.5 percent of the vote, Donald Trump with 20 and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio with eight. Undecided voters made up 19 percent in the poll. The margin of error was 4.5 percent.
That means that Cruz will likely face off with Trump district-by-district. The Texas primary awards delegates to any candidates with more than 20 percent of votes in each of the state's 31 Senate districts.