Poll: Cruz, Clinton hold big leads in Texas
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Ted CruzTed CruzGOP senators distance themselves from House ObamaCare repeal bill Cruz: Jokes about me in Franken's book 'obnoxious' The Hill's 12:30 Report 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 TrumpJared Kushner under FBI scrutiny in Russia probe: reports Syrian airfield hit by US is back in use: report Gianforte can 'beat the press' by apologizing at the right time 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 RubioMcConnell on Trump: 'We could do with a little less drama' Taking the easy layup: Why brain cancer patients depend on it Rubio: 'All options should be on table' if Flynn refuses new subpoenas 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 Rodham ClintonSanders, Democrats introduce minimum wage bill Fox News: 'Foolish' to think Hannity won't return Billionaires posing as populists won’t support trade deals for working people MORE is crushing Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Finance: Dems introduce minimum wage bill | Sanders clashes with Trump budget chief | Border tax proposal at death's door Sanders, Democrats introduce minimum wage bill Sanders, Mulvaney clash heatedly over Trump budget 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.