Utah’s Republican Delegates are lining up behind Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio in the 2016 GOP presidential contest.
A new UtahPolicy.com survey of 524 GOP delegates finds 37% support Texas Senator Ted Cruz for the 2016 nomination, and 23% say Florida Senator Marco Rubio would be the best choice. The next highest candidate is Donald Trump at 9%. Surgeon Ben Carson gets 8%. No other candidate polled above 5%. 7% say they don’t know who they will support.
Cruz won the 2016 Iowa Caucuses on Tuesday night, shocking frontrunner Donald Trump. Rubio was third.
The Utah Republican Party holds their Presidential Preference Caucus on March 22 in conjunction with their biennial mass meetings to pick delegates. For the first time, the party plans to hold part of the presidential caucus online for those who pre-register. Everyone else can vote for their presidential nominee at their neighborhood caucuses.
As you might expect, GOP delegates are ready for Utah’s upcoming primary and general elections.
When asked on a scale from 1-10 how interested they are in those elections:
– 63% said replied with a solid “10” rating, meaning they are “very interested” in the primary election.
– 80% rated their interest in the general election as a “10.”
– The average interest rating from these delegates for the primary election was 8.98 while the average score for the general election was 9.58.
The survey was conducted by Dan Jones & Associates from January 13-16, 2015 among 605 Utah Republican State Delegates. Respondents were contacted using live telephone calls, both landline and cell phone. The margin of error is +/- 3.67%.