Senator Ted Cruz goes into Super Tuesday with a decisive lead in Texas over his nearest competitor Donald Trump, according to a new Monmouth University poll.
Cruz has the support of 38 percent of likely GOP primary voters, while Trump has 23 percent and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has 21 percent. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has 6 percent and Ohio Gov. John Kasich has 5 percent.
The poll was conducted Feb. 22-24 by cellphone and landlines with 456 likely GOP primary voters. There is a margin of error of plus or minus 4.6 percentage points.
Cruz received the endorsements of both Texas Governor Greg Abbot and Lieutenant Gov. Dan Patrick this week.
“Conservative values are at his core,” Abbott said of Cruz in a video released on Wednesday, noting that Cruz is a “constitutionalist whose judgment I trust to appoint the right judges to the United States Supreme Court.”
However, The Trump campaign is driving its momentum into the Lone Star State and planning a large rally in Fort Worth on Friday morning.
“Most people are just listening to the message, and they’re not necessarily going to have loyalty toward Cruz just because he’s our current senator,” Wayne Richard, a Dallas-area activist supporting Trump, told CNN.