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Cruz Ties Trump in Texas, Carson Plummets

The latest Texas primary poll by UT/Texas Tribune has Donald Trump and Ted Cruz tied for the lead of the Republican Party.

Which Republican candidate would you vote for?

  • Donald Trump – 27%
  • Ted Cruz – 27%
  • Ben Carson – 13%
  • Marco Rubio – 9%
  • Jeb Bush – 4%

Cruz had a fairly strong performance in the fourth GOP debate. He came out strong on several questions and continued to pepper the media for their biased portrayal of Republicans. His outcome in this poll isn’t surprising considering he is a native Texan, but it also speaks volumes to how he is increasing his viability as a candidate, and as far right-wing as Cruz is, he is better suited as a politician when compared to Trump.

Trump is still the man to beat for the Republican Party. However, as the candidates begin to be scrutinized based on their knowledge of popular issues and political policy, Trump will likely struggle to obtain votes as he will quickly be exposed and his one liners will not be able to save him from a serious political debate.

Ben Carson severely dropped in this poll, but it shouldn’t be surprising. Texas isn’t known for its love of ethnic people, his voter base doesn’t come from Texas, and it is a state that he wouldn’t be focusing much attention on in his campaign.

Lastly, Jeb Bush is almost non-existent in this poll. He has completely fallen off the map as a candidate and he should consider throwing in the towel sooner than later.

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