Trump up 7 in Florida: poll

Greg Nash

Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSanders's Nevada director floated two-sided coins for tiebreaks: report Trump hires ex-Cruz aide as communications director GOP senator on Trump’s VP hunt: 'I know nothing’ MORE holds a 7-percentage point lead over primary rival Marco RubioMarco RubioThe Trail 2016: Warren takes VP batting practice Abortion ruling roils race for the White House, Senate US, Mexico have mutual ambassadors for first time in over a year 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 CruzTrump hires ex-Cruz aide as communications director Overnight Tech: Judiciary leaders question internet transition plan | Clinton to talk tech policy | Snowden's robot | Trump's big digital push Kasich doesn't expect to speak at convention 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.

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