Donald Trump’s victory in Arizona on Tuesday helped further cement his front-runner status in the Republican presidential nomination.
His win also coincides with a new general election poll for the US Senate race in North Carolina that finds a Trump victory could make life harder for other Republican candidates down ballot this fall.
Public Policy Polling notes that U.S. Senator Richard Burr, who currently enjoys a five point lead over Democratic challenger Deborah Ross, has indicated that he will support the Republican nominee for President regardless of who it is.
However PPP found that 48 percent of voters said they would be less likely to vote for Burr if he supports Trump for President.
Another obstacle is the possibility that neither Trump, Cruz or Kasich secure the 1,237 delegates to win the party’s nomination outright leading to a brokered convention this summer.
Catawba College political scientist Michael Bitzer believes the establishment wants to avoid that at all costs. Click below to hear more from Policy Watch’s recent radio interview with Dr. Bitzer:
For more on the delegate count for the Republicans and Democratic presidential candidates, check out Nate Silver’s blog at FiveThirtyEight.com.