Kasich surging in Pennsylvania, poll finds

Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich gestures while speaking at a town hall event at Villanova University where he received a warm welcome earlier this month. A new poll finds he is just a few points behind businessman Donald Trump in Pennsylvania.(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich gestures while speaking at a town hall event at Villanova University where he received a warm welcome earlier this month. A new poll finds he is just a few points behind businessman Donald Trump in Pennsylvania.(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

A new Franklin and Marshall College poll shows Donald Trump leading among registered Republicans in the Pennsylvania presidential primary, but Ohio Gov. John Kasich is surging.

The poll shows Trump leading with 33 percent, but Kasich is a close second at just three points behind. Ted Cruz trails with 20 percent.

Poll director Terry Madonna said, however, there’s time for things to change.

“The fact is that we still have about one in five Republican voters who are undecided about their preference,” Madonna said.

In the Democratic presidential race, Hillary Clinton is well ahead of Bernie Sanders, 53 to 28 percent. And in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, Joe Sestak leads with 31 percent over Katie McGinty at 14 percent.

Sestak started the race with some advantages, Madonna said.

“I think it’s partly name recognition but there’s another factor here,” he said. “The admiral has spent the last five years traversing the state. He has been in every nook and cranny visiting with many local Democratic leaders.”

John Fetterman is in third with 7 percent, but nearly half of Democratic voters are undecided.

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