Ted Cruz may have agreed to cede Oregon to John Kasich, but the Ohio governor trails Cruz and Donald Trump in the first public poll in the state.
Trump tops his rivals with 43 percent support in the Hoffman Research Group survey of likely Republican primary voters released Thursday. Cruz trails Trump by double digits with 26 percent support, followed by Kasich at 17 percent with 13 percent undecided.
Each candidate has a positive net favorability in the state. The Republican presidential front-runner’s favorability is +9 percent (49 percent favorable, 40 percent unfavorable), while Cruz’s is +5 percent (42 percent favorable, 37 percent unfavorable).
Kasich’s net favorability is also +9 percent (34 percent favorable, 25 percent unfavorable), but he has the lowest name recognition with just 17 percent of respondents saying they had heard of him. Conversely, every Republican surveyed knew of Trump, and only 2 percent didn’t know of Cruz.
Kasich also missed a key deadline in Oregon. The Ohio governor is the only candidate on either side of the aisle whose information won’t be distributed to households as one of the easiest, low-budget ways to reach voters.
The telephone poll of 555 GOP voters was conducted April 26-27. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.
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