Donald Trump is becoming closer to becoming the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee in every way in the delegate count and support. According to a new NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll released on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, Trump reached 50 support for the first time in the campaign. Additionally, Trump is now within only three points of Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in a general election matchup according to a new George Washington University Battleground Poll released on Monday, April 25.
In the new NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll, Trump has 50 percent support up four percent in the last week. In second place is Texas Senator Ted Cruz with 26 percent down two points, and in third Ohio Governor John Kasich with 17 percent support down two points.
Trump has less support from registered Republican with 49 percent still that number is up six points from last week’s 43 percent support. NBC News indicates, “This 6-point gain is important, as Trump usually does well among independents, but has struggled to win over more traditional Republicans so far.” Both Cruz and Kasich are losing support among Republicans with 28 and 15 percent respectively.
Meanwhile, Trump is also gaining steam in his potential general election campaign against Democratic frontrunner Clinton. Trump is narrowing the once 10 percent or more gap he faced in similar polls against Clinton. According to the George Washington University Battleground Poll Trump has 43 percent to Clinton 46 percent support.
With RealClearPolitics average of polls, Trump is seeing a deeper divide from Clinton trailing her by eight points in the general election with Clinton’s 48.8 to Trump’s 40.8 percent. The margin would be wider if Clinton’s opponent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders were the Democrats nominee; he would beat Trump with a whopping 15.3 percent, 53.3 to 38 percent.
The new polls come just hours before five primary contests in the eastern states on Tuesday, April 26. Four of the states Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware are holding closed primaries where just registered party members can vote. Rhode Island is the only primary allowing unaffiliated voters to partake. Trump and Clinton lead by wide margins in the five states up for grabs on Tuesday, hoping a sweep with giving them both bragging rights as their party’s presumptive nominees so they can turn their focus on what will be a fierce and close general election race.