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- Updated: March 24, 2016
Donald Trump continued to hold a commanding lead over his 2016 rivals, according to a pair of national polls released on Monday.
A CNN/ORC poll that surveyed 397 Republicans from March 17-20 found that 47 percent supported Trump. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz came in second with 31 percent and Ohio Gov. John Kasich placed third with 17 percent.
Both Cruz and Kasich have benefited from Florida Sen. Marco Rubio dropping out, but the Texas senator got the biggest bump. In February Trump had 49 percent, Cruz had 15 percent and the Ohio governor had just 6 percent.
Kasich may have benefited from the winnowing field, but 70 percent of Republicans think he should get out of the race, while just 27 percent believe he should stay in.
And despite all the talk of a third-party candidate, 84 percent of Republicans said the party’s nominee should be one of the three remaining candidates – only 15 percent believe there should be someone else.
But the Republican Party brand is suffering: Just 8 percent believe the party is united compared with 50 percent in August 2008.
Clinton leads the Democratic field with 51 percent but Sanders is hot on her heels at 44 percent. In February, Clinton had 55 percent and Sanders had 38 percent.
The CNN/ORC poll was collected via land line and cell phones. There were 397 registered Republicans with a sampling error of plus or minus 5 percentage points. There were 478 registered Democratic voters for a sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.