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Published On: Tue, Jan 5th, 2016

Ted Cruz, Donald Trump leads GOP race in California, Iowa

Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz are locked in a tight race for the Republican nomination in the state of California, according to a new poll released today. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is third with Ben Carson at fourth place.

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The Field Research Corporation poll puts Cruz at 25 percent and Trump at 23 percent among likely GOP voters in the state. Cruz climbed 19 percentage points since the last poll was taken in October. Rubio clocked in at 13 percent, Carson took 9 percent and other candidates got 6 percent or less.

The poll marks one of the only state-level polls outside of Iowa to show Cruz reaching Trump’s level of support.

California’s presidential primary is not until June 7, the last day of contests for the GOP bid, but is interesting for pundits seeing a splintered field and the possibility of a brokered convention. California has 172 delegates – the largest prize of the nomination process; therefore, could be critical for a candidate trying to reach a slim majority.

Cruz has become the front-runner in Iowa, thanks to growing support among tea party supporters and white evangelical Christians. Still, Trump leads almost all recent national polls by double digits, as well as recent polling in New Hampshire.

Cruz leads the GOP pack with 69 percent favorable, 20 percent unfavorable and 11 percent no opinion.

The Iowa caucus takes place Monday, Feb. 1.

 

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