Why are Local Evangelicals Backing Trump?

Why are Local Evangelicals Backing Trump?

Donald Trump has built a dominating lead in Tennessee two days ahead of the Republican presidential primary on Super Tuesday, according to a new poll.

Meanwhile, the same poll found former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to lead big in Tennessee’s Democratic primary.

A poll released Sunday by NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist found Trump the top choice of 40 percent of likely Tennessee Republican primary voters, followed by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, with 22 percent; and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio with 19 percent.

The trio is followed by Ben Carson with 9 percent and John Kasich with 6 percent.

On the Democratic side, Clinton leads U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vermont, by a 60 percent to 34 percent margin, according to the poll. That matches the same 26-point margin that a recent Public Policy Polling survey found earlier this month.

The NBC/WSJ/Marist poll of Tennessee was conducted between Feb. 22 and 25 and surveyed 665 likely GOP primary voters. It has a margin of error of 3.8 percentage points. The Democratic primary poll was taken during the same period, polling 405 likely Democratic primary voters with a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points.

The poll was taken before last week’s CNN Republican presidential primary debate, which saw Trump (continue reading at Tennessean)

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