Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are the projected winners of the June 7 New Jersey primary according to a Rutgers Eagleton poll.
According to the poll, Trump recently broke the 50 percent margin among likely Republican voters in New Jersey for the first time. According to the Eagleton release, “Trump was named by 52 percent of registered Republican voters as their first choice if they had to cast their primary vote today.”
Trump’s competition on the Republican side, Ohio Governor John Kasich and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, registered with 24 and 18 percent, respectively.
“For perhaps the first time ever, the New Jersey primary will matter this June, giving the state a rare opportunity to impact the presidential selection process,” said Ashley Koning, assistant director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers University. “Despite gains by Cruz and especially Kasich since February, Trump’s large lead puts him on track to claim all 51 delegates in New Jersey’s winner-take-all primary, bringing him that much closer to clinching the nomination.”
Meanwhile, while Clinton is still the favorite among New Jersey Democrats, her lead against Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is shrinking. The poll puts Clinton at 51 percent of the vote to Sanders’ 42 percent. It is the first time a poll has put her at a single-digit lead in NJ.
The poll also looked at hypothetical match-ups between candidates. According to those match-ups, Clinton will likely defeat a Republican in the New Jersey general election. Her closest competition was Kasich with “voters split at 43 percent.”
As for favorability, Sanders was the candidate with the highest ratings in that area. He is viewed 54 percent favorable.
Results are from a statewide poll of 886 adults.