Trump, Carson Lead FLA Primary Polls


New polls from Quinnipiac University out this week are not kind to Florida’s own Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. The Sunshine State voters polled favored both businessman Donald Trump and neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson over the former governor and the sitting senator.

For those who may have forgotten Florida and Ohio, are both currently scheduled to host presidential primaries on March 15, loom larger in the nomination battle than Pennsylvania, where voters will go to the polls in late-April. But if the primary contests on either side remain competitive into the spring, Pennsylvania is one of the biggest prizes slated to vote after March 15.

With support from 28% of Republican registered voters in Florida, Trump tops the GOP field there by 12 points, with Carson in second at 16%. The two candidates who call Florida home follow, with the state’s current senator Rubio at 14% and former governor Bush at 12%.


The polls show that for the third straight national polling cycle it is Sen. Rubio who is favored over his mentor the former Gov. Bush.

In Ohio, Trump tops Carson 23% to 18%, with Ohio’s governor, John Kasich, in third with 13%. Texas Senator Ted Cruz (11%) and Fiorina (10%) follow. Rubio stands at 7% here, Bush at 4%. What is stunning in this one is that Kasich has a Kasich has a 64 percent favorable rating across all political lines in Ohio and yet he trails both Trump and Carson.

In Pennsylvania, Trump has 23% to Carson’s 17%, with Rubio behind at 12%. No other candidate hits double-digits, including Pennsylvania’s Santorum, who has 2% support there.

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