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Florida poll: Trump up by 20 over Rubio

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Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump leads rival Marco Rubio in the senator’s home state of Florida by 20 points, according to a News 13/Bay News 9 poll released Tuesday.

{mosads}Trump takes 42 percent of the vote, with Rubio receiving 22 percent, according to the statewide poll. Texas senator Ted Cruz receives 17 percent support. 

The results stand in contrast to a Monmouth University poll released Monday that showed Rubio cutting Trump’s lead in Florida to single digits. Trump took 38 percent of the vote in that poll, with Rubio receiving 30 percent support. Rubio also led the front-runner among voters who have already cast their ballots, while Trump led among those who have not yet voted.

The News 13/Bay News 9 poll, however, is in line with several surveys taken last month that show Trump with a double-digit lead over Rubio in Florida, which has 99 delegates at stake in its primary on March 15.

According to the RealClearPolitics average of polls in the state, Trump has a 16-point lead over Rubio, 42.3 to 26.3 percent. Cruz has 14 percent, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich takes 8.8 percent of the vote.

Last Saturday, Rubio declined to say whether he’d drop out of the presidential race if he loses the Florida primary.

The News 13/Bay News 9 poll of 937 likely and actual GOP presidential primary voters, conducted from March 4 to 6, has a margin of error of 3.3 percent.

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