Poll: Trump holds slim lead over Cruz in Kansas

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Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump 'very proud' of role in birther theory Trump: 'I never did business with Cuba' USA Today in scathing editorial: Trump is 'unfit for the presidency' MORE holds a 6-point lead over his Republican rivals on the eve of the Kansas caucuses, according to a new poll released Friday. 

Trump is supported by 35 percent of likely GOP caucusgoers, followed by Ted CruzTed CruzFour states sue to stop internet transition House approves stopgap funding, averting costly shutdown Overnight Tech: TV box plan faces crucial vote | Trump transition team to meet tech groups | Growing scrutiny of Yahoo security MORE, at 29 percent, Marco RubioMarco RubioOvernight Finance: Lawmakers float criminal charges for Wells Fargo chief | Scrutiny on Trump's Cuba dealings | Ryan warns of recession if no tax reform The Trail 2016: Just a little kick Opposition to Obama's radical disarmament agenda has proven effective MORE, at 17 percent, and John Kasich at 13 percent in the Trafalgar Group poll.

Public polling in the state has been infrequent. The Trafalgar poll is only the second survey included in the RealClearPolitics index of Kansas polls.

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Cruz has 43 percent support among self-identified conservative Republicans, followed by Trump, at 30 percent, and Rubio, at 16 percent. 

Moderate Republicans split more evenly, with 36 percent for Trump, 25 percent for Kasich, 22 percent for Rubio and 10 percent for Cruz. 

The poll comes on the same day that Trump dropped plans to appear at the Conservative Political Action Conference to instead campaign in Kansas. The decision earned Trump flak from conservative activists.

Trump plans to instead attend an event in Wichita on Saturday.

Rubio was holding a trio of events in Kansas on Friday, including a rally with Gov. Sam Brownback (R). 

The survey of 1,010 likely GOP caucusgoers was conducted via telephone Wednesday and Thursday. The survey was held before the latest GOP debate on Thursday night and has a 3-point margin of error.