Poll: Cruz, Clinton hold big leads in Texas
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Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhatever you think the Alabama special election means, you’re probably wrong This week: Congress gets ball rolling on tax reform Week ahead: Senators work toward deal to fix ObamaCare markets 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 TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open 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 RubioOvernight Defense: Tillerson, Trump deny report of rift | Tillerson says he never considered resigning | Trump expresses 'total confidence' in secretary | Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad with pro-communist posts GOP establishment doubts Bannon’s primary powers 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 ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support MORE is crushing Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Clip shows Larry David and Bernie Sanders reacting after discovering they're related For now, Trump dossier creates more questions than answers 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.