Polls: Trump Still Leads But Fiorina Closing In

 

The latest CNN/ORC poll released Sunday shows that Donald Trump is still the party’s front-runner with 24% support. That, though, is an 8 percentage point decrease from earlier in the month when a similar poll had him at 32%.

Republican presidential candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina surged to second place among her GOP rivals following the CNN debate. She now ranks second with 15% support — up from 3% in early September. She’s just ahead of Ben Carson’s 14%, though Carson’s support has also declined from 19% in the previous poll.

The poll was conducted by CNN/ORC and released Sunday and it  was done by phone interviews among 1,006 adult Americans from Sept. 17 to Sept. 19.

Meanwhile, in other political news Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is the favored presidential candidate among Republicans attending a major political event in Michigan.

Paul got the biggest percentage of votes cast, 22 percent, in the unscientific straw poll released Saturday night at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference.

The survey was conducted by The Detroit News and MIRSnews.com. It is done mostly for fun and could be a weak predictor of candidate success in the March primary election.

Of the 2,200 conference registrants, 785, or about one-third, participated in the straw poll.

Former tech executive Carly Fiorina took 15 percent of votes cast, followed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich at nearly 14 percent, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with 13 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at nearly 10 percent.

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