Idaho Primary Eve Poll: Trump Leads GOP Field 

Idaho's GOP political elite are showing their stripes in advance of Tuesday's Republican presidential primary in the Gem State. 

Republican Rep. Raul Labrador initially supported Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Kentucky) run for the White House. Labrador is now wholeheartedly endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who visited the Idaho Panhandle and the Treasure Valley March 5.

Republican Sen. Jim Risch, Idaho's junior U.S. senator, stood on a makeshift stage in a hangar at Boise Airport on March 6 an introduced his choice for president, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) who flew to the Treasure Valley Sunday night for a brief campaign appearance in Boise after attending a rally in eastern Idaho.

Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter has already given his endorsement to Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, saying, "There's simply no substitute for executive experience."

Meanwhile, a new poll out Monday morning from Zions Bank-funded website Idaho Politics Weekly indicates Donald Trump "leads the field" in Idaho. The poll of 601 adults (with a margin of error of 4 points), conducted Feb. 17-26 by Dan Jones and Associates, reveals that among Republicans, 30 percent favored Trump, 19 percent Cruz, 16 percent Rubio and 5 percent Kasich. Of the poll's respondents, 9 percent said they would vote for someone else if they could and 11 percent said they weren't sure who to support.

At total of 32 GOP convention delegates will be up for grabs in Tuesday's Idaho GOP primary. A candidate must secure at least 20 percent of the vote to qualify for any delegates but more importantly, if one candidate gets more than 50 percent of Tuesday's primary vote, the candidate will be awarded all 32 Gem State delegates to the Republican convention. Considering that more than a few pundits are predicting a convention floor battle this summer, the revamped Idaho GOP primary—the party has opted to lean toward primary voting versus caucuses—has taken on a new urgency. 

Of Idaho voters, 298,211 are registered as Republicans, and 364,355 are not registered with any party. Unregistered voters may participate in Tuesday's Idaho GOP contest if they register at the polls as a Republican.

Polls in Idaho will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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