Donald Trump holding rally in Hartford Friday

Trump holds huge lead among likely Republican voters, poll says

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves as he steps on stage to speak at a rally Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WWLP) – The focus of the presidential campaign is beginning to move toward Connecticut, as that state’s primary is less than two weeks away. Republican front-runner Donald Trump will be making a stop in Hartford Friday to rally supporters in a state where he is leading by a large margin.

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An Emerson College poll released Tuesday found the billionaire has the support of 50% of likely Republican primary voters; well ahead of Ohio Governor John Kasich at 26% and Texas Senator Ted Cruz at 17%. Trump has done particularly well in the northeastern states, scoring wins in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and maintaining a strong lead in the upcoming New York primary.

Meanwhile, the Emerson Poll found that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is leading in Connecticut, though Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is within striking distance. Clinton leads by 6 points – 49% to 43% among likely Democratic voters. But that number does not tell the whole story.

Connecticut only allows registered Democrats to vote in the primary, but it does allow voters to change their registration at the polls. The Emerson poll found that if Independents and Republicans who expressed support for Sanders did indeed register as Democrats, Clinton’s lead narrows to one point.

Trump’s event Friday is scheduled for 7:00 P.M. at the Connecticut Convention Center in downtown Hartford. The doors open at 4:00 P.M.

Neither Clinton, Kasich, Sanders, nor Cruz have scheduled appearances in Connecticut in the coming days, but that is likely to change following next week’s New York primary.

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