New Poll Shows Cruz With Big Lead In Utah

Kerry Picket Political Reporter
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A newly released Y2 Analytics poll taken in Utah shows Sen. [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore] with a remarkable lead over his two competitors in the GOP Primary. According to the poll, Cruz has 53 percent of support from likely GOP caucus goers in the Beehive State, followed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich who has 29 percent, and Donald Trump at 11 percent.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports the poll was a survey of 500 people and was conducted from Thursday to Saturday, which enabled pollsters to get reaction from public campaign events hosted by each GOP candidate.

Cruz, who received the endorsement of Utah Republican Sen. [crscore]Mike Lee[/crscore], will need to win at least fifty percent of the GOP caucus vote in order to take all 40 delegates. Otherwise, if the Texas senator wins with less, he will receive only 20 of those delegates. Without a majority, any candidate who reaches 15 percent of support will receive at least six delegates.

“It is fascinating to see how close Cruz is to wrapping it up,” Scott Riding of Y2 Analytics told The Tribune. “It is also surprising how discouraged Republicans are with the direction of the national party.”

At least 30,000 Utah Republicans are expected to vote online among the 200,000 who will go to a caucus location on Tuesday, KSL.com reports. The Utah Republican Party is one of the first to use internet voting in the country.

With 423 delegates under his belt, Cruz currently trails Trump in the primary delegate count by 257 pledged delegates. Kasich carries 143 delegates. Only 1,049 delegates remain to be allocated and a candidate must have 1,237 pledged delegates in order to receive the nomination.

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