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Clinton, Cruz lead in new Talk Business/Hendrix College poll

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Sen. Ted Cruz holds a narrow lead over Sen. Marco Rubio and Donald Trump among Republican voters in a new Talk Business/Hendrix College poll

Here's the breakdown:

11% Ben Carson
27% Ted Cruz
4% John Kasich
23% Marco Rubio
23% Donald Trump
1% Jeb Bush
1% Gov. Chris Christie
4% Carly Fiorina
6% Don’t Know

Meanwhile, not surprisingly, Hillary Clinton holds a broad lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders.

57% Hillary Clinton
25% Bernie Sanders
18% Don’t Know

The poll also asked Republican voters how they felt about Mike Huckabee and Gov. Hutchinson. Both were pretty well liked.

Their endorsement of someone before the March 1 primary could be pivotal, writes Jay Barth, who put together the survey.

We examined the attitudes among GOP primary voters of two key public figures who have yet to endorse any of the current field of Republicans to gauge the potential impact of such an endorsement on primary voters. Former Governor Mike Huckabee was in the race for President until last Monday when a poor performance in the Iowa primary pushed him from the race. Current Governor Asa Hutchinson was Huckabee’s Arkansas state chair. Both Huckabee and Hutchinson — the only two living Republican governors of the modern era – are exceptionally popular with GOP primary voters.

Non-evangelical voters are more lukewarm towards Huckabee, but over 80% of Arkansas evangelical GOPers are either very (58%) or somewhat (24%) positive towards Huckabee. Hutchinson runs well across all key groups of GOP voters. With all signs that the Arkansas GOP primary could end up being a very close contest, the support of either — or both — of these men could help nudge someone across the finish line. 


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