A new national poll, a poll typically extremely favorable to Donald Trump, a poll that just last month showed the bloviating billionaire and reality TV actor with a commanding 20-point lead over constitutional conservative Ted Cruz, now shows a statistical dead heat between the two top candidates to be the Republican presidential nominee.
The new Reuters/Ipsos poll, released on Tuesday, the same day as the Wisconsin primary, shows Trump still leading Cruz, but instead of a 20-point margin, he leads 39.5 percent nationally, compared to Cruz’s 35.2 percent. The 4.3 percent margin is within the poll’s margin of error of 4.8 points.
The Reuters poll follows a FOX News poll two weeks ago that also showed the Texas senator in a statistical tie with the New York real estate tycoon.
Other than the results of today’s Wisconsin primary, which are not in as of the time of this writing, the Reuters poll is the biggest sign yet that the self-inflicted wounds of the past several days, like attacking Ted Cruz wife’s looks, Trump’s campaign manager getting arrested, and his contorted and gymnastic flip-flops on abortion, may be the beginning of the “Trump Train” derailment.
Both polls are regularly cited by Trump when they show him winning by wide margins. It is doubtful that the braggadocious showman will be spouting off about this poll.