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Poll: Kasich would lose home state primary to Trump

Clinton leads Sanders in Democratic primary

A new poll shows that Ohio Gov. John Kasich would lose his home state to Donald Trump if the Republican presidential primary were conducted today.

A survey released Tuesday by Quinnipiac University showed the real estate tycoon and reality TV star leading the Republican field in the state, with 31 percent. Kasich came in second at 26 percent, followed by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at 21 percent and U.S. Marco Rubio of Florida at 13 percent.

Kasich has been counting on a home state win to keep his campaign alive. He placed second in the New Hampshire primary earlier this month, but had a weak showing in this week’s South Carolina and Nevada contests.

On the Democratic side, former U.S. Secretary of State leads U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, 55 to 40 percent.

The survey of 759 Republicans and 518 Democrats was conducted from Feb. 16 to 20.