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Seven weeks ahead of NC’s primary, Trump, Clinton solidify gains (video)

Political observers who predicted Donald Trump’s popularity would have faded months ago may now be wondering if there’s anything left the other Republicans in the field can do to top the television personality/New York businessman.

The latest numbers by Public Policy Polling show Trump’s support is up 5 points from a month ago at 38 percent. That compares to just 16% for Ted Cruz, 11% for Marco Rubio, 8% for Ben Carson, 6% each for Mike Huckabee and Jeb Bush, 4% for Chris Christie, 3% each for Carly Fiorina and Rand Paul, 2% for John Kasich, and 1% for Rick Santorum.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton remains dominant with 59% t0 26% for Bernie Sanders, and 5% for Martin O’Malley. PPP director Tom Jensen says while Sanders is expected to do well in places like Iowa and New Hampshire, African American voters – which are about a third of the primary electorate in North Carolina – will be the key to Clinton’s success here.

Jensen joins us this weekend on NC Policy Watch’s News and Views to discuss the presidential race and share how voters are feeling about incumbent Governor Pat McCrory. Click below for a preview of Jensen’s radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon.

If you are wondering whether establishment Republicans will ever learn to love “The Donald” and whether North Carolina voters will send U.S. Senator Richard Burr back to Washington or embrace a fresh face, please join us next Wednesday, when Tom Jensen joins NC Policy Watch for our first Crucial Conversation luncheon of 2016.

Register online today for the January 27th event.

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