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Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton Lead Their Primary Rivals in Florida

November 18, 2015 - 11:00am
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

Businessman Donald Trump, Dr. Ben Carson and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, are on the rise with Florida Republicans while former U.S. Sec. of State Hillary Clinton remains in charge on the Democratic side, a new poll shows. 

Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Business and Economics Polling Initiative (BEPI) released a poll on Wednesday showing Trump leads the Florida Republican primary field with 36 percent followed by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., with 18 percent. Carson stands in third with 15 percent followed by Cruz with 10 percent and former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla., with 9 percent. 

“Despite conjecture that Donald Trump has plateaued, his support in Florida remains very strong and could be growing,” said Kevin Wagner, who teaches political science at FAU and is a BEPI research fellow.

The rest of the field is in low single digits. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., pulls 4 percent while Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, takes 3 percent. After doing well in debates and moving up in the polls, businesswoman Carly Fiorina has crashed down to 2 percent. Gov. Chris Chrisite, R-NJ, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, and former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark., each get less than 1 percent. 

FAU released a poll in September which had Trump with 32 percent, Rubio with 19 percent, Bush at 11 percent, Carson with 10 percent, Fiorina taking 8 percent and Cruz with 6 percent. 

On the Democratic side, with Vice President Joe Biden out of the mix, Clinton holds a commanding lead in the Florida primary with 66 percent. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., takes 22 percent while former Gov. Martin O’Malley, D-Mary., lags far behind with 4 percent. 

Back in the September FAU poll, Clinton pulled 60 percent followed by Biden with 16 percent, Sanders with 15 percent and O’Malley with 2 percent. 

The poll of 829 registered Florida voters was taken on Nov. 15-Nov. 16 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percent. This included samples of 355 Republican primary voters with a margin of error of +/- 5.2 percent and a sample of 297 Democratic primary voters with a margin of error of +/- 5.6 percent. 

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I agree the white men are all you have left. There are not enough of them to win. Sorry that you managed to piss off everyone else.

Don't count the incumbent out. No way his diehards are going even to think of handing over to Madame & hers. Look for an Extraordinary Event to enable his continuism, perhaps by doing a Kirchner running the wife. "Perhaps", because "that Constitution and Amendment were from long before most of us were born, dude!" (echo of 12/17/14 & his demonstrated regard for the Constitution.

YES! Time to drop out Jeb! Florida's Republican base is seeing what so many see in Mr. Trump! BACKBONE! They also see Mr. Rubio as someone who wants to grow up but is held back by his lack of commitment! (like attending the job he's already elected to!) Couple the Republicans' votes with dismayed Democrats who do not want Hillary, and Mr. Trump landslides in!

I don't think there are enough white men in this country to take on Hilary. The demographics are against them/you. They have managed to turn off so many people.

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