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Poll: Trump, Clinton hold leads in Pa.

Written by Brad Christman/Radio PA | Feb 29, 2016 7:28 AM
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump points as he speaks during a rally Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, in Madison, Ala. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

(Lancaster) -- The Pennsylvania primary election is less than two months away on April 26.

A new Franklin and Marshall College poll shows Donald Trump leads the Republican field and Hillary Clinton has a big lead over Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side.

Poll Director Terry Madonna says Pennsylvania's numbers are largely reflecting the national trends because many voters here have yet to fully commit.

"Because our primary is so late, the voters can sort of wait-and-see," he says. "There's no urgency to it."

Trump has 22 percent on the GOP side, with Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Ted Cruz behind him in that order.

"It's not as big as his lead is nationally or in many other state," Madonna says. "There's still a fair number of Republican voters who have not made up their minds."

Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders by 21 points on the Democratic side -- 48-27.

"It shouldn't be a suprise that Hillary has a big lead (in Pennsylvania)," Madonna notes. "Her husband carried the state twice, she beat President Obama in the Democratic primary in 2008, she has Scranton roots, (and) she's very popular down in the southeast."

Madonna says there's still a lot of time for those numbers to change, but notes the question is whether the nominations will be decided by the time Pennsylvanians cast their ballots.

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