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January 29, 2016 10:05 AM
SEC primary update: Ted Cruz nailing down Texas, Donald Trump leads in Tennessee
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GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz only now appears to be nailing down his home state for a March 1 win. A new KTVT-TV/Dixie Strategies poll puts the U.S. senator from Texas at 30 percent, Donald Trump at 25 percent, Marco Rubio at 12 percent, and Jeb Bush 8. Among Democrats, Hillary Clinton stands at 50 percent, to Bernie Sanders’ 16 percent.

From the Dallas Morning News:

That’s a change from October, when the same pollsters said Cruz was trailing in Texas behind Trump and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

Gov. Greg Abbott indicated he will “weigh in” on the GOP presidential race before SEC Primary day, as he has not backed a candidate. From the Texas Tribune:

The governor is seen as a likely supporter of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, the former solicitor general of Texas who worked under Abbott in the attorney general’s office. Abbott’s predecessor, Rick Perry, endorsed Cruz on Monday and campaigned with him in Iowa on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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