Trump & Clinton ahead in Quinnipiac Poll, voter registration soaring

(AP file)


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Six days out from the Connecticut Primary and Donald Trump appears to be headed for a New York victory here as well.

The Quinnipiac University Poll shows the New York businessman with a full 20 point lead over Ohio Governor John Kasich, with Texas Senator Ted Cruz a distant third, almost 30 points back. “The key for Trump is that Republicans want a political outsider and a strong leader and he scores very well in those two things,” says Doug Schwartz the director of the Quinnpiac Poll.

As in other states with closed primaries, Hillary Clinton does well here against Bernie Sanders. She’s a full 9 points ahead of the Vermont Senator, 51 to 42 percent. Adds Schwartz, “She wins on all the issues except for income inequality. She has big leads among women, African-Americans and older voters.”

In an appearance here tomorrow and in a new TV commercial, the Clinton campaign is hoping to capitalize on a perceived Sanders weakness of particular sensitivity in Connecticut. It’s a spot that features a testimonial by the daughter of the slain principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Meanwhile, voter registration is soaring. The Secretary of the State reports that nearly 80,000 people have registered to vote since the first of the year, 2,500 yesterday alone. About 10,000 unaffiliated voters have switched to Republican so they can vote in that primary and about 17,000 unaffiliated have switched to Democrat.

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