Cruz Ties Rubio For 2nd In Florida

According to POLITICO the GOP race for the White House is with just 40 days to the Iowa Caucuses a three man field.

The crowded GOP field is harming Marco Rubio and helping Donald Trump, according to three new polls of likely Republican voters taken in New Hampshire, South Carolina and in Florida.

Also not helping Rubio is that his biggest rival since the last GOP debate in Las Vegas, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz surging is on the rise while the junior senator from the Sunshine State is at best staying in neutral.

For the first time, Cruz ties Trump in South Carolina, and he’s also tied for second with Rubio in the Florida senator’s home state, according to a memo on the three surveys, which were conducted after last week’s debate.

According to the report first published by POLITICO and written by Marc Caputo he explains how the polls commissioned by Associated Industries of Florida show the strength of Trump and Cruz, Rubio seems to be losing steam. At least for now with 40 days left before things become real out in Iowa.

Florida voters favor Palm Beach’s own Mr. Trump with 29 percent of the vote (4 percentage-point loss since AIF’s August Florida poll); the new number two behind the frontrunner is Cruz 18, who gained the most since August, 15 percentage points. Rubio is essentially tied with him at 17 percent (a gain of 10 points), followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 10 percent (a loss of 3 points).

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In the first of the key primary states New Hampshire Trump tops the field with a solid 24 percent; in second is Cruz at 16 percent, Rubio at 14 percent, Chris Christie at 13 percent and Bush at 9 percent. The other candidates pull a combined 13 percent of the vote and 11 percent are undecided

The next big primary state is South Carolina at the moment it looks like a flatfooted tie between the top of the ticket duo of Cruz and Trump who both have 27 percent. Rubio lags back in third with Dr. Ben Carson close on his heels. Rubio has 12 percent, with Carson at 11 percent. Bush gets 7 percent of the support; 5 percent backed other candidates and a very important 11 percent remained for the moment undecided.


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