Donald Trump is leading in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, according to the latest poll from the Marist Institute for Public Opinion in Poughkeepsie.
In Iowa, the poll said, both the Bedford billionaire, a Republican, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Democrat, are counting on getting first-time attendees to caucus.
Trump who owns golf clubs in Briarcliff and Hopewell Junction, is pulling 32 percent to his nearest rival, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s 25 percent among likely caucus-goers in Iowa, including those who are still undecided, the poll said.
In New Hampshire, according to the poll, Trump, at 31 percent, has a 19 point lead over Cruz, who was pulling 12 percent among likely Republican primary voters.
And in South Carolina, the poll said, Trump, at 36 percent, also has a double-digit lead over Cruz, who had 20 percent.
Chappaqua’s Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and the Democratic front-runner, is nearly even in Iowa with Sanders, the poll found.
Clinton came in a 48 percent, while Sanders drew 45 percent.
With the statistical margin of error plus or minus three points, Clinton and Sanders are in a dead heat.
However, in New Hampshire, nearer his home turf, Sanders polled 57 percent while Clinton only drew 38 percent, the poll found.
The numbers were much better for Clinton in South Carolina, the poll found. She pulled 64 percent among likely Democratic voters there, compared to Sanders’ 27 percent.
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