According to a Marquette University poll that was released on Wednesday, Wisconsin primary is shaping into a competitive race for the Republican & Democrats, next week.
In Democratic race, Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Senator holds a lead of 4% points over Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State. Bernie Sanders takes 49% of the likely Democratic voters, as compared to 45% for Hillary Clinton. The results are within poll’s 6.3% margin of error.
The Vermont senator had widened the gap with Hillary Clinton by 3 points from 1 month ago. A Marquette poll that was conducted in Feb discovered that Bernie Sanders & Hillary Clinton neck-and-neck, 44% to 43%.
In the Republican race, Ted Cruz, the Texas Senator is 10 points ahead of the professional entertainer, Trump, with 40% of the likely Republican voters, as compared to Trump’s 30%. Ted Cruz has more than doubled his support since Feb’s Marquette poll, that had revealed Donald Trump leading Ted Cruz 30% to 19%
The Other polls that were released this week also reveals that races competitive for Republican & Democrats. The Marquette poll is the recent survey using live phone calls to landlines & cellphones. Others were piloted with automated calling technology to landlines, or online.
Wisconsin’s 5th April primary represents a critical point in race for both the party nominations.
For Bernie Sanders, it is an opportunity to dampen Hillary Clinton’s delegate lead & pick up the momentum before New York primary 2 weeks later.
For Ted Cruz, Wisconsin will be a litmus test to assess whether the anti-Trump drive made progress toward the objective of a contested convention in July.
Wisconsin holds 86 delegates for the Democrats that will be allocated correspondingly, in addition to the 10 super delegates. Republicans will award 42 delegates, including 3 to the overall state winner, 15 statewide and 24 at the district level.
Marquette University charted 1,405 registered voters, including a sub-sample of 471 likely Republican voters and 405 likely Democratic voters. The margin of error is 6.3% among the Democrats & 5.8% among the Republicans. The poll was steered using the live phone calls to cellphones and landlines.