A new poll from CNN and ORC shows that former governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, and hair icon Donald Trump are taking the top spots among the Republican candidates for president.
reports, “Bush stands at 19 percent, up from 13 percent in May — and his best showing in CNN/ORC polling since December. Trump follows at 12 percent, up from 3 percent before his announcement. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (8 percent), neurosurgeon Ben Carson (7 percent) and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (7 percent) round out the top five.”
This comes as a bit of surprise since Trump has recently found himself in hot water over comments he made about immigrants from Mexico.
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“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” Trump told the audience at his official candidacy announcement. “They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
Bush’s lead in the race, however, is seen as a positive for the GOP, which has no clear leader in a sea of talking heads.
CNN speculates that Bush’s lead could be deceiving as he “fares slightly worse across all three issues tested when only registered voters are considered.” Registered voters, CNN concedes, are more both more likely to be conservative and actually vote.
In the Democratic field, the clear and present front runner is Hillary Clinton with 40 percent of pollsters throwing their vote to the former Secretary of State.
In addition, on a national scope, Clinton leads the race among all candidates.
“Clinton continues to hold significant leads over Bush (54 percent Clinton to 41 percent Bush) and Christie (56 percent Clinton to 37 percent Christie),” CNN reports. “Clinton’s clearest advantage, however, is over Donald Trump, 59 percent say they would vote for Clinton if the 2016 match-up were between her and Trump, 34 percent say they would back Trump.”
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