Kasich trails Trump slightly among Ohio Republican voters, poll says
By Marc Kovac
Gov. John Kasich trails Donald Trump among likely Republican voters in Ohio, according to a new poll released Tuesday.
Kasich is just outside the margin of error, though, with 26 percent of Ohioans backing his candidacy, versus 31 percent for Trump, the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute found.
And Kasich had the best favorability among likely Republican primary voters in his home state.
The governor’s presidential hopes likely hinge on his performance in Ohio.
“The Donald Trump train begins the three-week campaign for Ohio’s crucial delegates on the right track and holds a small lead over the Buckeye State’s own governor, John Kasich,” Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement. “A Kasich Ohio win is crucial to the Republicans trying to stop the New York businessman’s nomination.”
Connecticut-based Quinnipiac regularly gauges Ohioans’ opinions on candidates and issues.
It polled 759 likely Republican primary voters and 518 likely Democratic primary voters over the past week on their presidential preferences.
The results had a margin of error of about 4 percentage points.
Following Trump and Kasich, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was third with 21 percent support in Ohio, followed by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio with 13 percent.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton outpaced Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, 55 percent-40 percent, among Democratic voters.