Remember when Florida’s March 15 winner-take-all primary was supposed to gift-wrap 99 delegates for former Gov. Jeb Bush or, perhaps, Sen. Marco Rubio?
A new Associated Industries of Florida poll shows part-time Palm Beacher Donald Trump continuing to hold a wide lead in the Sunshine State. And surging Texas Sen. Ted Cruz places second, albeit in a virtual tie with Rubio.
The AIF poll shows Trump getting 29 percent support from Florida Republican voters, with Cruz at 18 percent and Rubio at 17 percent. Given the poll’s 3.5 percent margin of error, Cruz and Rubio are virtually tied. Bush is fourth at 10 percent.
Republican voters view all the leading candidates favorably, but Trump and Bush have the highest negatives — 34 percent for Trump and 36 percent for Bush.