Maryland poll: Clinton, Trump lead


— Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump hold commanding leads in Maryland, a new poll shows with two weeks to go before the state’s presidential primary.

According to the NBC/Marist poll, released late Tuesday, the real estate mogul leads the Republican field by double-digits with 41% support. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz trails at 29%, edging out Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 24%.

Clinton, meanwhile, holds a 22 percentage point advantage in the state, leading Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders 58% to 36%.

The NBC/Marist poll also found that both Clinton and Sanders would handily defeat any Republican opponent in reliably blue Maryland.

In hypothetical general election match-ups, Clinton would beat Trump by 63% to 27%, Cruz 60% to 31%, and Kasich 55% to 38%.

Sanders would also beat Trump, 65% to 26%, Cruz, 63% to 28%, and Kasich, 55% to 36%.

With tight races in both nominating contests and a dwindling number of contests left to collect delegates, the Maryland primary April 26 is a critical opportunity for challengers to make up ground on the front-runners. Ninety-five delegates are available in the Democratic race, while 38 are at stake on the Republican side.

The NBC/Marist poll was conducted from April 5 through April 9, and surveyed 775 likely Democratic primary voters and 368 likely Republican primary voters. The margin of error for the Democrats is +/- 3.5%, and +/- 5.1% for the Republicans.


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