Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Hartford, Ct., on April 15, 2016.
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By Tessa Berenson
April 26, 2016

Donald Trump has the support of half of Republican voters and those leaning Republican, a new high for him, according to a poll.

The new NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll found Trump is up to 50% support among Republicans and voters who lean Republican, compared to 46% last week and 35% when the poll began in December.

Trump’s support has been between 40% and 50% on this poll since mid-March, but this is the first time since the poll began that he’s reached 50% nationwide support among Republicans and Republican leaners.

Support for Trump’s rivals, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, fell during the same time period that Trump made gains. After Cruz and Kasich announced a plan to unite against Trump to try to block him from the nomination, Trump has gone on the warpath, bashing them repeatedly at recent rallies.

The poll was conducted online from April 18 to April 24, surveying 10,707 adults aged 18 and over, including 9,405 registered voters.

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