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Poll: Trump Dominates GOP Field in New York, Kasich Second

by Carrie Dann /  / Updated 

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Donald Trump continues to dominate the Republican presidential primary contest in New York, while Ohio Gov. John Kasich is solidifying his position as the second-place candidate in the state's race, according to a new NBC 4 New York/ Wall Street Journal/ Marist poll.

The poll shows Trump getting the support of 54 percent of the state's likely Republican primary voters, unchanged from an NBC News/ Wall Street Journal / Marist poll published Monday, which was conducted by the same pollster.

Kasich now garners 25 percent support, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in third place at 16 percent.

Kasich's nine-point margin over Cruz has increased from just a three point difference (21 percent for Kasich, 18 percent for Cruz) in the earlier poll released April 11.

The results are promising for Trump, who hopes to sweep New York's 95 delegates next Tuesday by winning a majority of the vote statewide and in each of the state's congressional districts.

Kasich performs most competitively among more moderate voters (who support him 35 percent to Trump's 54 percent) and college graduates (who back him 32 percent to Trump's 48 percent).

But Trump continues to lead in every demographic group in the New York poll, and his fans remain the most enthusiastic block of voters, with seven-in-ten saying they strongly support him.

The NBC 4 New York / Wall Street Journal/ Marist poll was conducted April 10 through April 13. The margin of error for 313 likely Republican primary voters is +/- 5.5 percent.

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