Ted Cruz has passed Donald Trump in Wisconsin with just under a week left until the state’s primary, a new poll from the Marquette Law School found.
The survey, released Wednesday, shows Cruz leading the Republican pack for the presidential nomination at 40%, with Trump trailing at 30% and John Kasich at 21%.
The race on the Democrats’ side remains close, the poll found, with Bernie Sanders at 49% and Hillary Clinton at 45%.
The poll, conducted March 24-28, shows big gains for Cruz, with the Texas senator doubling his support from February. At that time, the poll found Trump leading at 30%, with Cruz at 19% and Kasich at 8%
The surge in Cruz’s support comes after a week of back-and-forth feuding with Trump, during which Trump threatened Cruz’s wife and republished an image insulting her appearance.
The February poll also included now-former candidates Marco Rubio and Ben Carson. Since they’ve left the race, the March poll suggests their backers flocked to both Cruz and Kasich, while Trump’s level of support stayed the same.
Marquette’s March poll included cell phone and landline interviews with 471 likely Republican voters, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.
Pollsters spoke with 405 likely Democratic voters in the state, with a margin of error of plus or minus 6.3 percentage points.
Sanders’ 4-point lead of Clinton in the Democratic race, then, remains within that margin of error. In February’s poll, Sanders led Clinton 44% to 43%.
The Wisconsin Primary is April 5.
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