With the first Republican debate less than two weeks away, the 16 candidates are jostling for the top 10 spots needed to make the debate stage. All gloves are off. Donald Trump has made a name for himself with brutal assessments of the current state of America and openly bashing any candidate who stands in his way. Other candidates have begun to follow in his footsteps in order to gain traction in public eye and not be left behind.
According to a recent CNN/ORC poll, 230 Registered Republicans and 189 registered independents who lean Republican were polled between July 22 and July 25. The results come with a margin of error of up to 5 percent, but they show a shuffling of candidates.
In the June 28th version of this poll, Jeb Bush was the front runner with 17% of the vote compared to Donald Trump’s 12%. Since then, the roles have reversed. Donald Trump has surged ahead and sits alone in front of the pack with 18%. Bush has lost 2% and now sits in 2nd place at 15%. Scott Walker comes in at 3rd with 10% compared to 6% before he announced his candidacy.
Ted Cruz has surged into 4th place since his recent strong statements attacking the integrity of the Republican Party’s leadership. In the June poll, Cruz wallowed at 3%. Since finding his voice he has climbed up to 7%. Will his rise continue? His Super PAC recently got a record donation of $15 million dollars from the conservative and religious billionaire Wilks brothers of Texas.
Rand Paul and Marco Rubio have both lost traction and have fallen to 6%. They are firmly in the middle of the Republican pack and will make the debate. Rounding out the top 10 are Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, and John Kasich. Rick Perry is on the outside looking in with 3%.