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Donald Trump leads Marco Rubio in Florida 42%-32% in new PPP survey

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Another poll regarding Florida’s upcoming March 15 presidential primary again reveals that Marco Rubio is trailing by double-digits in the Sunshine State.

A private poll commissioned by Florida Democratic political consultant Christian Ulvert and produced by Public Policy Polling son Wednesday shows Donald Trump leading Rubio, 42 percent to 32 percent.

Ted Cruz is a distant third with 14 percent, and John Kasich is fourth at 8 percent.

On Monday, Rubio said that a vote for Kasich or Cruz was a vote for Trump, but the poll shows that even if those two other Republicans weren’t on the ballot in Florida, Trump would at worse be in a statistical tie. Trump leads Rubio in a one-on-one contest, 48%-45% , within the poll’s margin of error.

And it doesn’t look like he’ll be able to persuade Republicans to look away, as an overwhelming number of voters – 83 percent – said they were set on their choice, and couldn’t be persuaded otherwise.

“It’s clear that Marco Rubio continues to struggle with gaining traction in his home state,” said Ulvert. “The results from the PPP poll I commissioned confirms that regardless of the field, Rubio trails Donald Trump. Marco Rubio has been an absent U.S. Senator and his shortcomings are coming home to roost. He says it’s all about Florida and who ever wins Florida will be the Republican nominee and with less than a week until Primary Election Day, all signs point to a Donald Trump nomination.”

Ulvert is the former political director of the Florida Democratic Party, and previously served the Florida House of Representatives Democratic Caucus as communications director and policy advisor to House Democratic Leader Dan Gelber during his two-year leadership term.

PPP contacted 904 registered voters from a voter list and screened those who identified themselves as Republican voters. The survey took place on March 7-8, and has a margin of error of  +/- 3.3%

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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