Poll: Trump leads Cruz by 4 points in NC
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Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Overnight Health Care: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for adolescents | Biden administration reverses limits on LGBTQ health protections Overnight Defense: US fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats | Kabul attack heightens fears of Afghan women's fates | Democratic Party leaders push Biden on rejoining Iran deal MORE is clutching a narrow lead in North Carolina’s GOP presidential primary, according to a new poll.

Trump is only 4 points ahead of other Republican White House hopefuls in the High Point University survey released Monday.


The outspoken billionaire commands 26 percent voter support, edging past Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFormer CEO Glenn Youngkin wins Virginia GOP gubernatorial convention The Memo: Outrage rises among liberals over Israel Cheney drama exposes GOP's Trump rifts MORE (R-Texas) and his 22 percent.

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioDemocrats cool on Crist's latest bid for Florida governor Tim Scott sparks buzz in crowded field of White House hopefuls The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  MORE (R-Fla.) ranks third with 20 percent, making him the last GOP contender with double digit results in the Tar Heel State ahead of the March 15 primary.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson then takes fourth with 9 percent, while former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) places fifth at 3 percent. 

Rubio remains the most popular backup plan for North Carolina likely GOP primary voters. About 20 percent say he is their second choice, compared to 18 percent for Cruz.

Roughly 13 percent choose Trump as their alternative candidate, while 12 percent said Carson and 5 percent said Bush.

About 58 percent of those polled said “new ideas and a different approach” was the most important trait for potential presidents.

Approximately 31 percent said “experience and a proven record instead" was the criteria they were looking for.

High Point University conducted its latest survey of 477 likely GOP-primary voters in North Carolina via cell and landline phone interviews from Jan. 30-Feb. 4. It has a 4.5 percent margin of error.