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Friday, February 26, 2016

Alaska and Alabama go for Trump

Trump Mushes On

(Overtime Politics)  -  March 1st can’t get here soon enough for many people who are eager to see how the primary season will shake out for the Republicans. In Alaska, the clear favorite seems to be Donald Trump, who has a 14 point lead over Ted Cruz – 41-27%.
The state awards 28 delegates proportionally to any candidate who receives more than 13% of the statewide vote. This threshold probably leaves Ben Carson and John Kasich empty handed once the delegates are awarded on March 2nd (Some of Alaska’s far western caucuses aren’t held until midnight EST). Even Marco Rubio is teetering on the edge of viability with 15% in a state where he will probably be relegated to third place, but could at least take a couple of delegates if he stays about 13%.
Next Tuesday will be the biggest night of the season so far, as 11 states will hold a caucus or primary on that day on the Republican side. Alaska may not be watched much at first, but as other states’ results start coming in, attention will start to turn north as it is likely Alaska will be the last state to report their results, giving us a full tally of delegates for the night.
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Meanwhile in Alabama

(The Hill)  -  A new poll released Wednesday finds Republican primary front-runner Donald Trump up 17 points on his nearest competitor in Alabama.

The poll conducted by Master Image, a Birmingham, Ala.-based firm, shows Trump with 36 percent support headed into the state’s March 1 primary, followed by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) with 19 percent support and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) with 12 percent support.
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson places fourth with 8 percent support, followed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 7 percent support. 
The poll is consistent with two previous versions, conducted Jan. 25 and Feb. 11, that also showed Trump with 36 percent support.
Rubio’s support has increased by 7 points from January, while Cruz has dropped 5 points over the same span. Cruz has often referred to the SEC primary as his "firewall" in the primary race.
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