The first poll showing Ted Cruz with a lead in the crucial Hoosier State was released on Friday, on the same day that Cruz received the coveted endorsement of conservative Indiana Governor Mike Pence.
According to a new poll by the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics, Cruz has a hefty lead over bloviating billionaire and reality TV actor Donald Trump by a large 16-point margin, 45-29 percent, as reported by The Hill. RINO Ohio Governor John Kasich falls in a distant third place at 13 percent, with 13 percent still undecided.
The numbers are shocking and could be considered an outlier, considering the Real Clear Politics average of polls shows Trump with an overall lead of 2.3 percent.
The Downs Center cautioned that the “race still could be in flux” because of the 13 percent of undecided voters.
The poll showed that Donald Trump does have a “woman problem,” in Indiana. Only 44.8 percent of Trump’s supporters in the state are women according to the poll.
The Indiana primary is just four days away. Either this poll is not accurate, or it’s a positive sign for the Cruz campaign that momentum has shifted in their favor.
Governor Pence on Friday made comparisons of Ted Cruz to Ronald Reagan:
“I see Ted Cruz as a principled conservative who’s dedicated his career to advocating the Reagan agenda and I’m pleased to support him.”
Pence applauded Cruz for being willing to fight for conservative principles, saying he had proven the “courage of his convictions.”