Trump up 7 in Florida: poll
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Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald Trump Jeb Bush: Trump a ‘distraction in and of himself’ Protests erupt across Russia, hundreds arrested: reports Ill. gov candidate runs as fresh face, despite ties to political machine MORE holds a 7-percentage point lead over primary rival Marco RubioMarco RubioSenators introduce new Iran sanctions Senate intel panel has not seen Nunes surveillance documents: lawmakers With no emerging leaders, no clear message, Democrats flounder MORE in the Florida senator’s home state, according to a new Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) poll released Thursday.

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The poll finds Trump with 34 percent support in the Sunshine State, followed by Rubio, with 27 percent support, and Ted CruzTed CruzHow 'Big Pharma' stifles pharmaceutical innovation AIPAC must reach out to President Trump Under pressure, Dems hold back Gorsuch support MORE, with 17 percent support.

Ben Carson and ,John Kasich tie for fourth, with 5 percent support.

The poll comes after a Quinnipiac University poll released earlier in the day showed Trump with a 16-point lead over Rubio in Florida. 

The Rubio campaign questioned the accuracy of the poll as one of his aides guaranteed a win at the March 15 primary.

“We are going to win Florida. Period. Take it to the bank,” Todd Harris tweeted Thursday.

The AIF survey also finds Rubio is the most well-liked candidate among Floridians, with 67 percent of respondents saying they see their senator favorably.

Fifty-two percent of respondents said they have a favorable impression of Trump, while 51 percent view Cruz positively.

The poll surveyed 600 likely Republican primary voters from Feb. 22 to 23 and has a margin of error of 4 percent.