Trump ahead in Florida, close contest in Ohio

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WASHINGTON (MEDIA GENERAL) — Voters in five states will head to the polls on Tuesday and could set GOP front-runner Donald Trump on an unstoppable path to the Republican presidential  nomination.

Florida, North Carolina, Illinois, Missouri and Ohio will vote in both Democratic and Republican primaries.

The latest polls indicate Trump will prevail over U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio in Florida, the state Rubio represents, in a near 2-to-1 lead. The latest polls indicate Trump could be declared the winner within minutes of the polls closing.GOP Florida Presidential Standings Quinnipiac University (March 8 – March 13)

  1. Trump: 46 percent
  2. Rubio: 22 percent
  3. Cruz: 14 percent
  4. Kasich: 10 percent

In Ohio, where polls show a close contest between Trump and current Gov. John Kasich, the race appears to be neck and neck, though the latest survey indicates Kasich could pull out a close win in the important winner-take-all state.GOP Ohio Presidential Standings Quinnipiac University (March 8 – March 13)

  1. Kasich: 38 percent
  2. Trump: 38 percent
  3. Cruz: 16 percent
  4. Rubio 3 percent

Kasich spent most of Monday addressing crowds in the Buckeye state. The 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who has yet to endorse any candidate, campaigned with Kasich in an effort to stop the Trump momentum.>>Inside woodtv.com: Complete coverage of Decision 2016

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