Trump triples Cruz in Alabama: poll
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A new poll released Wednesday finds Republican primary 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 up 17 points on his nearest competitor in Alabama.

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The poll conducted by Master Image, a Birmingham, Ala.-based firm, shows Trump with 36 percent support headed into the state’s March 1 primary, followed by 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 (R-Fla.) with 19 percent support and Sen. 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 (R-Texas) with 12 percent support.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson places fourth with 8 percent support, followed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 7 percent support. 

The poll is consistent with two previous versions, conducted Jan. 25 and Feb. 11, that also showed Trump with 36 percent support.

Rubio’s support has increased by 7 points from January, while Cruz has dropped 5 points over the same span. Cruz has often referred to the SEC primary as his "firewall" in the primary race.

Master Image President Joe Sanders said he is “confident this survey is an accurate sample of Alabama Republicans one week out of the March 1 primary.”

“Trump’s popularity in Alabama continues the trend we see elsewhere,” Sanders added. “Trump’s numbers appear to be a few points lower than other southern states, but in line with what should happen on March 1, considering almost one in five voters remain undecided.”

The poll, first reported by the Daily Caller, surveyed 1,556 Republican primary voters on Feb. 23and has a 4.2 percent margin of error.