Donald Trump widened his lead after Jeb Bush left the presidential race.
The GOP frontrunner experienced a surge in support once Bush suspended his campaign, and the only other candidate to gain at Bush’s expense was John Katich.
“The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of likely Republican voters finds Trump with 36% support, giving him a 15-point lead over Senator Marco Rubio who earns 21% of the vote,” the poll revealed. “Senator Ted Cruz is in third place with 17%.”
“For Trump, that’s a five-point gain in support from the beginning of this month just after the Iowa caucus and right before the New Hampshire primary when it was Trump 31%, Rubio 21% and Cruz 20% among likely GOP voters; Rubio’s support has held steady, while support for Cruz has fallen slightly.”
The poll also revealed that 71% of Republican voters now favor building a wall along the U.S/Mexico border and among these voters, 43% support Trump.
“The order of the candidates is Trump, Rubio and Cruz among Republicans of all ages, but Trump runs strongest among those under 40,” Rasmussen Reports added. “The billionaire businessman has a two-to-one lead over Rubio among male GOP primary voters.”
The poll was conducted during Feb. 21-22, and since then Trump has called for an audit of the Federal Reserve and the prosecution of Hillary Clinton, both of which will likely add to his already dominant lead.
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