New poll finds Cruz retains huge lead over Trump in Texas
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Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzUS-China trade war is just the start of the struggle for global order Dem lawmaker: Migrant family separation policy 'is on all of us' Cruz wins charity basketball challenge against Jimmy Kimmel MORE has a wide lead over Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-ethics chief calls on Trump to end 'monstrous' migrant policies Laura Bush blasts Trump migrant policy as 'cruel' and 'immoral' US denies report of coalition airstrike on Syria MORE in Texas ahead of his home state's GOP presidential primary on Super Tuesday, according to a new poll.

Cruz commands a 15-point edge over Trump in the Houston Public Media/University of Houston survey released Wednesday. That's in contrast to a separate survey released Wednesday, which showed Trump trailing Cruz by 1 point. Cruz topped the billionaire 29 percent to 28 percent in the Emerson College poll released earlier that morning. 

The Real Clear Politics average of Texas polls shows Cruz about 5 points ahead in the Lonestar State. 

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About 35 percent of likely Texas Republican primary voters plan on backing Cruz, pollsters found in the Houston Public Media survey. Trump ranks second with 20 percent, followed by 8 percent for Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate rejects effort to boost Congress's national security oversight The Memo: Summit gives Trump political boost — with risks The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump, Kim make history with summit MORE (R-Fla.) and 7 percent for retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.), who ended his White House run last weekend, edged past Ohio Gov. John Kasich at the bottom of the rankings. About 19 percent remain undecided, pollsters added.

Wednesday’s Houseton Public Media results also found that likely GOP primary voters in Texas are fairly loyal toward their favored contender ahead of next week’s vote.

About 47 percent “strongly support” their pick, while 44 percent “somewhat support” them instead. Another 7 percent are making their selection because they “dislike the other candidates.

Houston Public Media/University of Houston conducted its latest sampling of 415 likely Republican primary voters in Texas via interviews from Feb. 12-22. It has a 4.8 percent margin of error.

The outspoken billionaire has won three out of four early voting contests after his success in Nevada late Tuesday night. Cruz remains the only other Republican White House hopeful who has tasted victory following Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses earlier this month.