The political landscape is becoming a little clearer on the eve of “Super Tuesday.” March 1 is the single most critical day of the 2016 U.S. presidential primary race, with 11 states giving away delegates.
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GOP frontrunner Donald Trump and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton are poised to win a majority of the primary states after strong showings in the southern and western primaries for their designated parties. Over the weekend, Clinton won the South Carolina primary with 73.5% support from Democratic primary voters compared to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ 26%. In the GOP primary in South Carolina, Trump received 32.5% support from Republican primary voters compared to his rivals; Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who won 22.5% and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who received 22.3%.
According to data of poll averages from Real Clear Politics, Donald Trump holds the lead in 8 out of the 11 states included in Super Tuesday, and Clinton has 10 out of the 11.
In a new CNN/ORC poll, Trump solidifies his biggest lead yet nationally with 49% support, more than 30 points ahead of Rubio with 16% and Cruz with 15%.
According to the poll, 78% of Republican voters supporting Trump say they will definitely back him compared to 22% who say they could still change their minds. Those surveyed also agree the billionaire businessman would be the most effective leader to solve the country’s problems with 51% compared to Cruz’s 17% and Rubio’s 13%.
With the recent mudslinging between the top three GOP candidates, voters rank Trump as the most honest and trustworthy with 35%. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is in second place with 14% and Senator Rubio comes in third with 13%.
In the Democratic field, frontrunner Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders 55% to 38%, according to the poll. A majority of Democratic voters say they would back Clinton or Sanders as the nominee, with only 15% who say they would not back either. When asked who would be most effective at solving the country’s problems as president, Clinton takes the lead over Sanders 63% to 33%. Voters overwhelmingly see Sanders as most honest and trustworthy with 59% compared to Clinton’s 36%.