Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally on March 12 in Vandailia, Ohio.
Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally on March 12 in Vandailia, Ohio.  Ty Wright—Getty Images

Poll: Donald Trump Leads Republicans in Florida and Illinois

Mar 13, 2016

Donald Trump has significant leads over his Republican presidential rivals in the upcoming primary states of Florida and Illinois but fell behind Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the lawmaker’s home state, according to three new polls.

The billionaire businessman leads second-place Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in his home state, 43% to 22%, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls show. In Illinois, Trump is ahead of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with 34% of likely GOP primary voters to Cruz’s 25%. However, Kasich is ahead by six points in Ohio, where he leads Trump 39% to 33%.

The polls, which do not include early voting, also show that Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders in all three states. The NBC/WSJ/Marist polls in Florida, Illinois and Ohio were conducted March 4 to March 10.

In Florida, the poll surveyed 511 likely GOP primary voters, with a margin of error of +/- 4.3%, and 500 likely Democratic primary voters, with a margin of error of +/- 4.4%. The Illinois poll interviewed 529 likely Democratic primary voters, with a margin of error +/- 4.3% and 421 likely GOP primary voters, with a margin of error of +/- 4.8%.

In Ohio, the poll surveyed 564 likely GOP voters, with a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percentage points, and 453 likely Democratic primary voters, with a ,argin of error of +/- 4.6%.

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