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Walker’s Departure A Gain For Trump In Wisconsin

Poll Shows Businessman Rose 11 Points Among State Voters Since Walker Left Race

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A new poll shows businessman and GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump with a slight lead among Republican voters in Wisconsin.

Marquette University Law School surveyed 800 registered wisconsin voters a few days after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker dropped out of the Republican presidential primary last week.

Walker had led the race here in August, but now Trump leads at 20 percentage points, followed by Ben Carson at 16 percent, Marco Rubio at 14 percent and Carly Fiorina at 11.

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Marquette pollster Charles Franklin said it appears Trump picked up a good chunk of Walker supporters, despite the governor urging people to get behind other candidates.

“That Trump had only been at 9 percent here a month ago now appears pretty clearly to be, at least in substantial measure, because Gov. Walker prevented them from going to Trump,” he said.

Franklin cautioned that the GOP primary in Wisconsin has a long ways to go.

Among Democrats in the state, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leads Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie sanders by 12 percent.

The margin of error for questions on presidential candidates was 6.5 percent.

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