In Home States, Kasich on Rise as Rubio Sinks

Florida senator trails Trump by 21% on his home turf as Ohio governor surges
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2016 11:40 AM CDT
In Home States, Kasich on Rise as Rubio Sinks
In this Jan. 27, 2016, photo, John Kasich speaks during a town hall meeting in Davenport, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The four men left duking it out for the Republican nomination look likely to soon be three after Tuesday's primaries: The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist poll shows that in their home states, "the fortunes of Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Marco Rubio appear to be heading in opposite directions," as the Journal puts it. Kasich is ahead of Donald Trump in Ohio with a 39% to 33% lead, while Ted Cruz has 19% in the Buckeye State. Rubio, meanwhile, looks headed for a disastrous loss in Florida; he trails Trump's 43% with 22%—barely leading Cruz's 21% in his home state. Both contests are winner-take-all, with Florida's 99 delegates being the big prize of the day. In Illinois, Trump holds a 34% lead over Cruz's 25%; Kasich trails at 21%. (Rubio is cool with his Ohio supporters voting for Kasich. Kasich does not feel similarly in Florida.)

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