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Trump, Clinton Hold Leads In Maryland, Poll Says


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Toni Ann Booras Contributor
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Current frontrunners in the 2016 election Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are holding their leads in Maryland, according to a Thursday poll from The Washington Post/University of Maryland.

The poll, released three weeks before the state’s primary, showed 41 percent of likely Republican voters said they would like to see Trump elected president, with 31 percent supporting Ohio Gov. John Kasich and 22 percent supporting Florida Sen. [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore].

Clinton held on to her lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, with 55 percent of likely Democratic voters saying they support the former Secretary of State, compared to 40 percent for Sanders.

In a general election matchup between Trump and Clinton, the former first lady leads the New York businessman 63 percent to 28 percent in the normally blue state.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican who had previously endorsed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, isn’t endorsing any of the current candidates, but he has spoken out against Trump.

“I’m not a Trump fan,” Hogan told The Associated Press. “I don’t think he should be the nominee. At this point in time, I have no idea who the candidates are going to be or who I’m going to vote for.”

The poll comes as both Trump and Clinton lost to respective opponents Cruz and Sanders in Tuesday’s Wisconsin primary.

The Old Line State holds its primary on Tuesday, April 26, along with Delaware, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Thirty-eight delegates are on the line in the GOP contest, with 14 being awarded to the statewide winner and 24 determined by the state’s eight congressional districts, according to the State Board of Elections. There are 95 delegates up for grabs for the Democratic candidates, which are awarded proportionally.

The survey was conducted of 1,503 respondents in Maryland between March 30 and April 3 and has an overall margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent. Among the 283 likely Republican voters, the margin of error is 7.5 percent, while among the 539 likely Democratic voters, the margin of error is 5.5 percent.

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