Trump hits new high among registered Republicans in NBC poll

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GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpClinton blasts Trump over scapegoating Chris Matthews explains Trump’s appeal to Joe Scarborough Alec Baldwin: First debate 'crippled' Trump MORE now has the support of 40 percent of registered Republicans, gaining 4 points in an NBC News/Survey Monkey national weekly tracking poll to reach a new high just before voters go to the polls on Super Tuesday.

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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 added 5 points following his performance in the latest Republican debate, putting him at 21 percent in the online poll, released early Tuesday morning.

Ted CruzTed CruzCruz criticizes federal law enforcement on terrorism Four states sue to stop internet transition House approves stopgap funding, averting costly shutdown MORE, who’s in third place, slipped 1 point, to 18 percent, his lowest level in the survey.

Ben Carson ranks fourth, with 8 percent, while John Kasich follows, with 7 percent.

Pollsters also found that the overwhelming majority of GOP voters believe Trump will win their party's nomination.

About 71 percent predict Trump will become the Republican standard-bearer, up 15 points from a similar survey last week.

Rubio ranks second on that question, at 12 percent, while Cruz takes 10 percent, Carson 2 percent and Kasich 1 percent.

NBC News/Survey Monkey polled 8,759 registered Republican voters between Feb. 22 and 28. Their survey has a 1.8 percentage point margin of error.

Updated at 7:14 a.m.