With a huge lead over his closest rivals, billionaire businessman Donald Trump can expect to add Mississippi’s March 8 Republican presidential primary to his list of victories in the GOP nominating contest, a statewide poll conducted Monday by Magellan Strategies BR shows.
Trump will seek to build on his Magnolia State lead with a visit to Madison Monday night.
The automated telephone poll of likely voters commissioned by right-leaning political blog Y’allPolitics shows former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with an equally strong lead among Mississippi Democrats.
Trump’s support among likely Mississippi Republican voters measured 41 percent. Sens. Jose Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida showed support of 17 percent and 16 percent, respectively.Gov. John Kasich of Ohio’s support totaled 8 percent and surgeon Ben Carson 5 percent. Thirteen percent of GOP voters in the poll said they have not decided on a candidate.
Magellan said Trump’s support represents a wide range of demographic and voter types.
“These results seem to track very closely with Super Tuesday results in Tennessee and Alabama,” Y’allPolitcs said in its Thursday release detailing the polling that survey more than 900 likely GOP voters and nearly 500 likely Democratic voters.
On the Democratic side, Clinton holds a 54- point lead over rival Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont in polling of 471 likely Democratic voters. The Magellan poll put Clinton at 65 percent, Sanders at 24 percent and 24 undecided. Clinton’s numbers include a 66-point lead among African-American voters.
As with Trump’s lead in the Mississippi GOP Primary, Clinton’s lead transcends the entire spectrum of likely Democratic primary voters, Y’allPolitics said.
The only bright spot for Sanders is among likely Democratic primary voters who consider themselves independent. However, even among independents, which represent 21 percent of likely Democratic primary voters, Clinton leads by 17 points with 41 percent. Sanders’ support was 24 percent. The poll lists 35 percent of independents as undecided.
Detailing the depth of Trump’s support among Mississippi Republicans, the pollsters the frontrunner maintains a 20-point lead among all but three of 16 demographic and geographic subgroups analyzed: age 18-34, age 55-64, and voters in Congressional District 3, which stretches across Central Mississippi.
Y’allPolitics reports Trump has scheduled a rally at Madison Central High School for 7 p.m. Monday. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tickets are available at this link. WDAM TV News in Hattiesburg reports Cruz will speak at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville at noon Monday.
More specifics of the poll can be found here.
The poll of 995 likely GOP voters included 909 people identified as white and 51 black, five His[panic and 19 “other” racial origins.
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