Poll: Cruz, Clinton hold big leads in Texas
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Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz urges UK to allow British toddler's parents to transfer him for treatment Maxine Waters to Trump: ‘Please resign’ Cruz challenger says ‘no thanks’ to funding from Steyer MORE leads the GOP field by double digits in Texas, a must-win for the home-state senator as he seeks to catch up with front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer Watergate prosecutor: Trump taking the fifth would be political suicide Comey: I’m ‘embarrassed and ashamed’ by Republican party Comey, Anderson Cooper clash over whether memo release violated FBI rules MORE.

A Monmouth University survey released on Thursday found Cruz taking 38 percent support, followed by Donald Trump at 23 percent and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioLobbying world Former Florida congressmen mull bipartisan gubernatorial run: report Winners and losers from Jim Bridenstine’s confirmation as NASA administrator MORE (Fla.) at 21 percent.

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A handful of other Texas surveys released in recent days have shown Cruz with a smaller lead. He has a 7.2-point advantage over Trump in Texas, according to the RealClearPolitics average.

“Cruz looks to be well-positioned in Texas,” said Monmouth pollster Patrick Murray. “The challenge for him is that a lot of other states are also on the slate for Super Tuesday.”

Texas and 10 other states will cast ballots in five days on March 1, when nearly a quarter of all delegates will be awarded.

The Lone Star State is by far the biggest prize, with 155 delegates up for grabs. Those delegates will be allocated proportionately, so even if Cruz pulls away from the field as this poll suggests, Trump and Rubio appear primed to at least make a dent in his haul.

Rounding out the field in Texas are Ben Carson at 6 percent and Ohio Gov. John Kasich at 5 percent.

Texas allows for early voting, and it appears that Cruz is harvesting votes from his lead in the polls.

Eighteen percent of Texas Republicans surveyed said they’ve already voted, with 44 voting for Cruz.

On the Democratic side, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonKim Kardashian West defends Kanye on Trump: 'He's a free thinker, is that not allowed?' Trump comments on Fifth Amendment resurface after Cohen filing The 'Handmaid's Tale' liberal feminists created MORE is crushing Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersGillibrand unveils bill to offer banking services at post offices Webb: Bernie Sanders announces his ‘new’ communism jobs, health-care plan A new progressive standard on campaign cash: It can't come from corporations MORE (I-Vt.), 64 to 30, in the Lone Star State.

The former secretary of State is running up the score on Sanders among black voters 81 to 8, among Latinos 68 to 32, and among women 75 to 19.

She also has a small lead among men and a 10-point advantage among the younger voters who have so far fueled Sanders’s candidacy.

The Monmouth survey of 456 likely Republican primary voters was conducted between Feb. 22 and Feb. 24 and has a 4.6-point margin of error. The Democratic survey of 304 likely voters has a 5.6-point margin of error.