Cruz Has Commanding Lead In Poll Heading Into Wisconsin Primary

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Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent
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Texas Sen. [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore] has a double-digit lead over GOP front-runner Donald Trump in Wisconsin, according to a poll released Wednesday.

Cruz leads with the backing of 40 percent of likely Republican voters, while Trump has 30 percent and Ohio Gov. John Kasich has 21 percent, the Marquette Law School poll showed.

This is a big gain for Cruz from the last Marquette poll which showed the Texas senator trailing Trump by 10 points. This most recent poll from the Wisconsin school was conducted March 24 to 28, during the Trump and Cruz spat regarding their wives.

The Badger State has 42 delegates up for grabs for Republicans. (RELATED: Trump Takes Shots At Scott Walker At Wisconsin Campaign Stop)

On the Democrat side, Sen. Bernie Sanders leads Hillary Clinton by four points. Sanders is mounting a comeback against Clinton, and Wisconsin is a must-win in that effort. The state has lost thousands of manufacturing jobs and is heavily white — all to Sanders’ advantage.

The poll included 471 voters and has a margin of error of 5.8 percent.