Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas may be on the precipice of winning the Wisconsin primary and possibly stop business mogul and front-runner for the GOP nomination, Donald Trump in this election 2016. A new Marquette Law School poll released Tuesday indicates the staunch conservative Cruz with a surprising 10-point lead among likely voters in Wisconsin.
The newly released poll shows Cruz with a healthy 40 percent, Trump at 30 percent, Ohio Governor John Kasich at 21 percent and Undecided at 8 percent. Wisconsin is the home state of Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House and Governor Scott Walker, both moderate conservatives who have enjoyed successful, as well as popular careers in the state.
The scenario goes, according to Politico, should Cruz hold on to his impressive 10 point lead, it would bring 15 delegates. If the Texas senator were to sweep the state’s eight congressional districts outright, that would mean three more delegates per district. At this point in the primary being held next week, it is likely Cruz will do just that if the Marquette poll is correct.
Meanwhile, there are three other polls that greatly differ from the Marquette findings. Those sources show Cruz and Trump within five points of each other, including the respected Real Clear Politics.
Interestingly, back in February Trump was on top with 30 percent, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (now out of the race) 20 percent, Cruz at 19 percent, Dr. Ben Carson (also out of the race) 8 percent as well as Kasich.
But it should be noted that the new Marquette poll also asked Wisconsin voters who they do not want to be president. A huge 56 percent said Trump while Hillary Clinton chalked up a 42 percent with Bernie Sanders and Cruz at 32 percent and Kasich a distant 12 percent.
The Marquette poll questioned 1,405 voters overall (including Democrats) with a margin of error of 3.3 points. In the Republican primary, 471 likely voters were questioned with a margin of error of 5.8 percentage points.