A new Civitas Poll made public Thursday has revealed the upcoming GOP primary is a virtual toss-up in North Carolina.
The poll asked likely Republican primary election voters who their current choice is among the Republican presidential hopefuls, and 27 percent said businessman Donald Trump, while 23 percent said Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. That puts them within the poll’s margin of error.
Cruz and Trump also polled far ahead of the other candidates on the March 15th ballot. After Trump and Cruz, 11 percent of voters said they had no preference as to the GOP nominee. That was followed by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 10 percent and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 7 percent. No other candidates garnered more than 4 percent of the responses.
Jeb Bush was the choice of 4 percent of those polled, while Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, and Rand Paul each received 2 percent support.
The survey of 500 likely Republican voters has a margin of error of 4.38 percent. The poll was taken Jan 18-19.