Donald Trump takes 17-point lead in new state poll

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With the SEC Primary less than a week away, billionaire businessman Donald Trump has a commanding lead in the Yellowhammer State, according to an independent poll of Alabama’s Republican presidential primary.

Master Image, a Birmingham-based Republican consulting firm, released a poll Wednesday showing Trump with 36 percent, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 19 percent, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at 12 percent, former neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 8 percent and Ohio Gov. John Kasich at 7 percent, with undecided voters accounting for another 17 percent of those polled.

“Trump’s popularity in Alabama continues the trend we see elsewhere,” said president and owner of Master Image Inc. Joe Sanders. “Trump’s numbers in Alabama appear to be a few points lower than other Southern states, but in line with what should happen on March 1, considering almost one-in-five voters remain undecided.”

The poll, first reported by the Daily Caller, was conducted Tuesday of 1,556 Alabama Republicans with a 4.2 percent margin of error.

Rubio is scheduled to visit both Birmingham and Huntsville Saturday. Trump will be in Huntsville on Sunday. No other GOP candidates are currently scheduled to visit the state ahead of Tuesday’s primary election.

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