A new Pennsylvania voter poll finds Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio in a too-close-to-call race for the state's primary.
The Franklin & Marshall College poll, released March 24, finds Trump in the lead with 33 percent of voter support, but Kasich closely trails him at 30 percent. Given the poll’s margin of error for Republicans is +/- 5.4 percent, the two candidates are nearly tied.
Trump has led in this specific poll since October, while Kasich has gained considerable ground since January when he had only 3 percent of voters' support.
“People are starting to hear my message,” Kasich said in a phone interview with the Tribune-Review after the poll results were released.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who was in second place in January, now holds third place with 20 percent.
Of Pennsylvania’s Republican voters, 17 percent are still undecided on a candidate.
On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton maintains her lead on Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, 53 to 28 percent. Clinton has gained 7 points since January in the state, while Sanders has dropped by 1 point.
Of Democrats, the poll found 11 percent remain undecided between Clinton and Sanders, while 8 percent said they will vote for an “other candidate.”
Both Clinton and Sanders are viewed favorably by at least 64 percent of voters.
The same cannot be said for the Republican candidates.
Trump is seen favorably by 46 percent of voters, while 41 percent view him unfavorably. Cruz’s favorable rating is slightly higher, at 48 percent, while his unfavorable rating is lower at 32 percent. Twenty-one percent of voters said they do not know whether they see him in a favorable or unfavorable light; only 13 percent said the same of Trump.
The poll did not release Kasich’s favorable and unfavorable ratings.
Pennsylvania has 71 delegates up for grabs by Republican presidential candidates, but the winner of the state’s primary does not collect all of them, according to the Tribune-Review.