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Donald Trump has huge lead among Arizona GOP voters in presidential race

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PHOENIX — A poll of conservative voters in Arizona put business mogul Donald Trump in a double-figure lead over the competition in the GOP presidential race.

This week’s MBQF survey of 771 likely primary Republican voters asked, “If the election were held today for the Republican primary for President of the United States, which of the following top 10 candidates, listed in alphabetical order by last name, would you be most likely to vote for?”

Trump pulled in 38.3 percent followed by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at 15.6 percent and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida at 11.4 percent.

The New Yorker has visited Arizona twice — in December he made a stop in Mesa and last July he worked up a crowd in Phoenix.

Each time he devoted several minutes to immigration, a hot topic in Arizona.

Pollster Michael Noble said Dr. Ben Carson’s campaign “is on the ropes much of his support seems to have gravitated to Donald Trump.”

Carson’s campaign, which started out with a bang, has fallen off the pace. Another top adviser left the campaign a week ago.

Two others left during the Christmas holidays.

The margin of error for the survey is plus/minus 3.53 percent.

KTAR’s Jim Cross contributed to this report.

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