Poll: Clinton, Trump on top before Missouri primary

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Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonGOP: time to end convention Rules madness Sanders wins concessions in Dem draft platform Dem draft platform a full repudiation of Trump MORE and Republican Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDem draft platform a full repudiation of Trump Coal company warns of mass layoffs Poll: Clinton leads Trump by 9 points nationally MORE lead their respective presidential rivals in Missouri three days before voters cast ballots there, according to a new poll.

Clinton leads Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders wins concessions in Dem draft platform Dem draft platform a full repudiation of Trump Draft Dem platform rejects Keystone, calls for fossil fuel ‘phase down’ MORE, 47 percent to his 40 percent, according to a survey by the Docking Institute of Public Affairs Poll at Fort Hays State University in Kansas, first reported by the The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Another 13 percent of Missouri’s Democrats remain undecided between Sanders and the Democratic presidential front-runner, it found.

Trump, meanwhile, leads the Republican field by 7 points in the Show Me State, according to Friday’s poll.

He takes 36 percent, followed by Ted CruzTed CruzThe Hill's 12:30 Report Trump hires Florida chief strategist, new pollster Lynch pressured to recuse herself after Clinton tarmac meeting MORE, at 29 percent, Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio: Clinton-Lynch meeting ‘raises all sorts of red flags’ Which GOP pols will actually attend the convention? Poll: Rubio holds massive lead in primary MORE, at 9 percent, and John Kasich at 8 percent. Another 17 percent remain undecided ahead of Tuesday's vote.

The Docking Institute conducted its latest sampling of 483 Missourians March 3–10. It has a 7 percentage point margin of error for Republicans and an 8-point margin of error for Democrats.

Friday’s results show both contests are up for grabs, as both show candidates within the margins of error.

Missouri awards 52 GOP delegates proportionally unless a candidate gets more than 50 percent of votes statewide. Should that happen, it is winner-take-all.

Democrats, meanwhile, pick 71 out of 84 Missouri delegates on March 15. The remaining 13 are superdelegates, most of whom are backing Clinton.

Missouri is one of five states voting that day, with Florida, Illinois, North Carolina and Ohio also casting ballots.

Trump leads the Republican field by more than 14 points nationwide, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls. Clinton, meanwhile, holds a roughly 11-point edge over Sanders in the Democratic nomination contest.

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