If Trump rolls to victory in Ohio and Florida, the home states of Kasich and Rubio, it could mark the end of the candidacies for both lawmakers.
With less than two days before a pivotal day of presidential primaries, GOP front-runner Donald Trump is in a dead heat in Ohio but remains well ahead in Florida, a series of polls released Sunday showed.
On Tuesday, voters in Florida and Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, North Carolina and Missouri will head to the polls, putting up for grabs 367 delegates. Florida and Ohio will both allocate their delegates on a winner-take-all basis.
A CBS News poll in the Buckeye State out Sunday showed Trump tied with Ohio Gov. John Kasich, with both candidates getting 33% support.
An NBC News / Wall Street Journal / Marist poll, however, showed Kasich with a 39%-33% lead over Trump in the state. Cruz got 19% in the poll. The poll has a 4.1-percentage-point margin of error.
In Florida, meanwhile, Trump maintained a solid lead over Marco Rubio, the polls showed. Trump led Rubio 42% to 22% in the NBC News / Wall Street Journal / Marist poll, and was ahead of the state’s junior senator 44% to 21% in the CBS News poll.
If Trump rolls to victory in Ohio and Florida, the home states of Kasich and Rubio, it could mark the end of the candidacies for both lawmakers,
“The Republican race to the nomination will become much clearer if Donald Trump wins both Florida and Ohio. It will not guarantee him victory, but the delegate math gets much harder for his opponents to solve,” David Caputo, president emeritus and professor of Political Science at Pace University, explained. “By the end of Tuesday the Republicans will have selected nearly 60% of their delegates. Who wins in Florida and Ohio will determine the probability of whether any candidate will receive a majority by the last contest in June.”
Trump also heads in Illinois, beating Cruz 34% to 25%, the NBC News/ Wall Street Journal / Marist poll showed.
On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton holds leads over Bernie Sanders in Florida (61%-34%), Ohio (58%-38%) and Illinois (51%-45%) , the NBC News/ Wall Street Journal / Marist poll showed.