Rubio Surges in Oklahoma: Poll
Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio – king of the participation trophy – is now surging in early Oklahoma polls.
Donald Trump took home 30 percent of the vote, but Rubio surged to second, taking in 21 percent.
The Hill reports:
Ted Cruz places second, with 25 percent support. After Rubio in third, Ben Carson comes in fourth, with 5.7 percent support. No other Republican draws more than 5 percent support.
The poll was conducted Feb. 6–9, largely after Rubio’s shaky performance in Saturday night’s GOP debate but before Trump’s resounding victory in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary and a stronger-than-expected showing from John Kasich.
“Early on, Trump’s been able to channel the anger and frustration felt among Republicans toward President Obama, but anger and frustration can only take you so far in a presidential race,” said Bill Shapard, founder of the SoonerPoll.
Rubio has been endorsed in Oklahoma by two lawmakers, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), while Cruz has been endorsed by Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.).
Trump performed best in the poll among self-identified liberal Republicans, receiving 33.5 percent support from the group and 36.9 percent support from self-described moderates.
The poll surveyed 414 likely Republican voters and has a margin of error of 4.81 percent.
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