Poll: Kasich edges Trump in Ohio


Ohio Gov. John Kasich holds a slight edge over GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPost piles on: ‘Beyond debate’ Trump is unfit for office Clinton, Netanyahu have ‘in-depth’ conversation about US-Israeli ties NYT lays out argument against Trump for president MORE in Kasich’s home state ahead of voting on Tuesday, according to a new poll.

Kasich leads Trump by 6 points, 39 to 33 percent, in the Buckeye State in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll released early Sunday. Texas Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzTrump enters new debate frontier Pence offers Cruz 'heartfelt thanks' for Trump endorsement Cruz: Trump hasn't apologized for personal insults MORE follows with 19 percent, and Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioSenate rivals gear up for debates Rubio: End of Obama's term could be 'most damaging yet' Fifteen years since pivotal executive order, STORM Act could help fight terror finance MORE has 6 percent.

Kasich did not fare as well in another poll released Sunday morning, which showed the Ohio governor and Trump in a tie with 33 percent support apiece.

Trump holds a nearly 2-to-1 lead in Florida, with 43 percent support in the NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist survey. Rubio is in second place in his home state with 22 percent. Cruz then has 21 percent, and Kasich has 9 percent.

Trump tops Cruz in Illinois by 9 points, pollsters found, with 34 percent support. Cruz has 25 percent, Kasich has 21 percent and Rubio has 16 percent. 

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll of likely Republican voters has a 4.1 percent margin of error in Ohio, a 4.3 percent margin of error in Florida and a 4.8 percent margin of error in Illinois.

Kasich leads Trump by 2 points in Ohio, according to a RealClearPolitics average of polls, while Trump tops his closest challenger by 18 points in Florida and 9 points in Illinois.

--This report was updated at 12:43 p.m.