The latest national poll by Reuters and Ipsos indicates Republican presidential primary front-runner Donald Trump has maintained his commanding lead. The order of those pursuing him, however, has shifted significantly.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has amassed more support than 15 of his 16 rivals, earning 10 percent support and landing in second place – albeit with a hefty 20 point deficit.
Huckabee recently acknowledged that Trump will make all other GOP contenders fight for the nomination.
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With Trump and Huckabee accounting for a combined 40 percent of the poll’s total, everyone else in the crowded field earned single-digit support. Jeb Bush and Ben Carson were tied for third place in the poll with 8 points. Scott Walker and Marco Rubio rounded out the top five spots with seven and five percent support, respectively.
Bush – an early favorite among establishment Republicans – has struggled to find support in recent weeks. Reuters’ Mike Brantley chalked much of his statistical dip to intraparty scuffles with Trump.
Ipsos’ Chris Jackson concurred, noting Bush has been “overshadowed by Trump” thus far in the primary process.
“His argument that he will be the establishment’s guy in the race is looking less and less convincing,” he concluded.
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