Donald Trump Falls Behind Ted Cruz in New National Poll

Pollsters also asked voters whether the Senate should vote on Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement

Donald Trump has fallen behind Ted Cruz among Republican primary voters, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

The poll, released on Wednesday, shows Cruz 28 percent ahead of Trump’s 26 percent. Marco Rubio came in third with 17 percent, Ohio Gov. John Kasich has 11 percent, Ben Carson has 10 percent and Jeb Bush has 4 percent.

Trump saw a nine-point drop among Republican primary voters who can see themselves supporting Donald Trump: 65 percent in January to 56 percent now.

In an interview with NBC News, Cruz said that it is “tremendously encouraging to be leading the field nationally.”

Pollsters also asked voters about the Senate’s role in the wake of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death. They found that 43 percent of Americans think the Senate should vote this year on a replacement, versus 42 percent who prefer to leave the position vacant until after a new president is elected; 15 percent had no opinion.

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