By Jialu Liu
WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) – Donald Trump is currently in a tie with Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the Buckeye state while leading Sen. Marco Rubio by 24 points in Florida, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released ahead of critical primaries on Tuesday.
Trump and Kasich each hold 38 percent support in Ohio’s winner-take-all (WTA) primary. Sen. Ted Cruz comes in third with 16 percent support and Rubio with a dismal 3 percent.
Trump tops Florida’s junior senator 46 percent to 22 percent. Cruz is currently carrying 14 percent support with Kasich in last place with 10 percent.
Both Ohio and Florida are WTA states, with Ohio’s 66 delegates and Florida’s 99 up for grabs. If Trump carries the two states in Tuesday’s primary’s, he will add a significant number of delegates to his already 460, closing in on clinching the GOP presidential nomination where 1,237 delegates are needed to win.
Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina will be casting primary votes along with Florida and Ohio on Tuesday.
The poll surveyed 615 likely Republican primary voters in Florida and 721 Ohio likely Republican primary voters from March 8-13.