TEXAS (KXAN) — With less than a week to the Texas primary election, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has an eight percentage point lead over Donald Trump. The numbers are from a new University of Texas and Texas Tribune poll released this morning.
Joining us in the KXAN studio for an in-depth look at the latest poll numbers is Jim Henson from the Texas Politics Project.
- Ted Cruz: 37%
- Donald Trump: 29%
- Marco Rubio: 15%
The poll also looked at Republican candidates preferences, specifically at GOP voters, Tea Party voters and age groups. Currently, Cruz is leading in all age group, notably among voters ages 18 to 29 and voters ages 30 to 44.
Trump pulled up closed behind Cruz, favorable among 45 to 64-year-old’s. However, Cruz has a nine percentage point lead among voters over 65. Rubio had 21 percent of the oldest group, which is his best age bracket.
For the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has taken the lead in Texas. Clinton has a full 10-percentage point lead over Bernie Sanders. However, Clinton is behind in the age group favoring her, drawing support from 55-percent of voters ages 30 and older. Sanders is appealing to younger voters as the favorite for 62-percent of the 18 to 29 age bracket.
- Hillary Clinton: 54%
- Bernie Sanders: 44%
The Tribune found that church-goers are in favor of Clinton; while the majority of those who consider themselves to be liberals plan to vote for Sanders.