Ted CruzTed CruzTrump: NRA has 'a true friend and champion in the White House' Trump’s hands are tied on 9th Circuit Schumer: Trump's handling of North Korea 'all wrong' MORE leads the GOP field in his home state of Texas, a new poll finds.
Cruz takes 38 percent support, while Donald TrumpDonald TrumpWHCA dinner could be Trump's chance to one-up the media. He should take it. Trump promises border wall still coming at NRA summit Perez: Trump and Republican in Georgia runoff are '2 peas in a pod' MORE receives 29 percent, according to a University of Texas-Texas Tribune survey released on Tuesday.
That’s in line with the RealClearPolitics average, which finds Cruz leading Trump 37 to 28 in the state.
Rounding out the field are Marco RubioMarco RubioOvernight Defense: Commander calls North Korea crisis 'worst' he's seen | Trump signs VA order | Dems push Trump to fill national security posts What’s with Trump’s spelling mistakes? Boeing must be stopped from doing business with Iran MORE, at 15 percent; Jeb Bush, who dropped out of the race over the weekend, at 6 percent; John Kasich, at 5 percent; and Ben Carson, at 4 percent.
Voters in Texas will cast ballots on March 1, known as Super Tuesday, along with 10 other states.
Cruz’s surrogates acknowledge that Texas is a must-win state for him, as a home loss would call into question his prospects elsewhere.
Cruz has long held that the Southern states casting ballots on Super Tuesday will be his firewall, but a disappointing finish in South Carolina on Saturday has raised doubts about his evangelical support and organizational strength.
Among self-described “churchgoers” in Texas, though, Cruz leads Trump by double-digits, while Trump leads Cruz by double-digits among those who never attend church.
Texas will award its 155 delegates proportionately, with Cruz and Trump poised to take the lion’s share, according to most surveys.
On the Democratic side, Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump: NRA has 'a true friend and champion in the White House' Vicente Fox to Trump: ‘Being president ain’t easy’ When political opportunity knocked, Jason Chaffetz never failed to cash in MORE leads Bernie SandersBernie SandersNRA head: Sanders 'a political predator' What would Bernie say to Wall Street for 0K? Sanders warns of possible nuclear war with North Korea MORE, 54 to 44.
Clinton is running up the score among minority voters in Texas, leading 70 to 27 with African-Americans, and 60 to 37 with Hispanics.
Sanders, meanwhile, takes 55 percent among white voters, compared to 44 for Clinton.
Clinton leads among every age group in the poll except for those between 18 and 29. Among the youngest voters, Sanders leads 62 to 29.
The UT-TT survey of 1,200 voters was conducted Feb. 12–19. The GOP poll has 4.2 point margin of error and the Democratic poll has a 5.4 point margin of error.