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Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Cybersecurity: House Intel chair says surveillance collected on Trump transition team Budowsky: Trump’s war against truth GOP chairman calls for tighter sanctions on Russia MORE leads Republican presidential rivals Marco RubioMarco RubioDem senator: House Intel chairman may have revealed classified info Five takeaways from Labor pick’s confirmation hearing GOP insists FBI probe won’t slow up Trump MORE and John Kasich in their home states of Florida and Ohio, according to polling released Wednesday.
Trump tops Rubio by 16 points in Florida, leading 40 to 24 percent, while Ted CruzTed CruzBudowsky: Trump’s war against truth Five takeaways from Labor pick’s confirmation hearing Republicans should seize the moment and repeal ObamaCare now MORE follows at 19 percent and Kasich at 5 percent in the latest CNN/ORC polls.
In Ohio, the controversial businessman bests Kasich by a smaller margin of 6 points, 41 to 35 percent, with Cruz at 15 percent and Rubio at 7 percent.
Florida and Ohio are key for Republican rivals who are hoping to keep Trump below the necessary 1,237 delegates for the nomination, forcing a brokered convention over the summer.
The winner-take-all contests on March 15 in Florida and Ohio have 99 and 66 delegates up for grabs, respectively. Voters in Illinois, North Carolina and Missouri will also cast ballots next week.
Rubio's campaign has insisted that it is putting its focus on winning Florida. The senator failed to win any delegates in the four states that held voting on Tuesday, placing fourth behind Kasich in Michigan and Mississippi.
On the Democratic side, Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonWatergate reporter on Russia: 'I’ve been saying for a while there’s a coverup going on' White House distances Trump from Manafort FBI has info suggesting coordination between Trump aides, Russia: report MORE holds big leads over rival Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Finance: US preps cases linking North Korea to Fed heist | GOP chair says Dodd-Frank a 2017 priority | Chamber pushes lawmakers on Trump's trade pick | Labor nominee faces Senate Sanders: Block Trump's SEC pick Eye on 2018: Five special elections worth watching MORE in Ohio and Florida based on the latest polling. She leads 63 to 33 perccent in Ohio and 61 to 34 percent in Florida, according to CNN.
Sanders had a surprise showing Tuesday in Michigan to win that state's primary, while Clinton expanded her delegate number by picking up support in that state and dominating in Mississippi.
The CNN/ORC surveys of 313 likely GOP primary voters and 264 likely Democratic primary voters were conducted March 2–6. In Florida, the margin of error is 5.5 points for Republicans and 6 points for Democrats, while in Ohio it is 5 points for Republicans and 5.5 points for Democrats.