Donald Trump Solidifies Lead Over GOP Rivals in First States to Vote

NEW YORK - MAY 10: Donald Trump attends "The Celebrity Apprentice" season finale at the at American Museum of Natural History on May 10, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)

Donald Trump Solidifies Lead Over GOP Rivals in First States to Vote

He is ahead in Iowa and up by double-digit margins in New Hampshire and South Carolina, a new poll finds; Democrats could see roller-coaster ride in first contests

Donald Trump announced that he will not participate in Thursday’s GOP debate. How will this decision impact his campaign?

Donald Trump is dominating the GOP presidential field in the first three states to vote in the 2016 campaign, including in Iowa where he has extinguished the lead once held by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC/Marist Poll finds.

In New Hampshire and South Carolina, Mr. Trump leads by double-digit margins. In all three states he is the first choice of more than 30% of people likely to vote in the Republican primaries or caucuses.

“Trump is positioned to run the house in these first three states,” said Lee M. Miringoff,director of the Marist College Institute of Public Opinion. “His supporters are committed and plan to turn out.”

The poll suggests Mr. Cruz will be his strongest competitor even if the senator has lost ground in Iowa. Mr. Cruz now stands in second place in all three states including New Hampshire, a place that doesn’t typically favor Republicans with his kind of conservative profile.

Among Democrats, the poll points to a roller-coaster ride through the three early-voting states. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont remain deadlocked in Iowa; Mr. Sanders has opened a commanding 57%-38% lead in New Hampshire; in South Carolina, Mrs. Clinton enjoys an even wider 64%-27% spread.

The polls demonstrate that Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton remain their party’s front-runners. While Mrs. Clinton has a rougher road than Mr. Trump in Iowa and New Hampshire, South Carolina gives her a “firewall,” Mr. Miringoff said.

8 thoughts on “Donald Trump Solidifies Lead Over GOP Rivals in First States to Vote

  1. You’ve got guts, and I appreciate that. But please don’t act like a spoiled child by saying a woman, that you don’t like, is participating in the debates so you will not. Please don’t act like this at this late hour. Sir, so far you are the only one I believe can help America. No sir, you are not Franklin Graham, but he’s not running.

  2. I am not sure about Trump anymore…the Lord has use him as a trumpet to sound the alarm but he acts so childish at times….Cruz seems good and listen to Rubio given his testimony about the Lord and he seem genuine ….May the Lord’s perfect will be done and give us wisdom who his choice is…………………

    1. Mario Murillo i know prayer works ,i had a miracle happen in my life it was really my husband steve! I like to tell you one day when you have the time , vicky Montiel

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