Trump Gaining Strength Scares GOP Establishment


Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz seem to have become the two titans that will likely fight it out for the GOP Presidential nomination. At least for now both men are seeing support grow while most of the rest of the pack seems to have fallen off or at best are remained level.

According to the Washington Post, Trump’s polling average is the highest it has been since he entered the race, at 30.8 percent. That has the GOP establishment in a state of true panic with the idea of either Trump or Cruz.  The problem is the establishment can’t control either man and heaven knows they have tried.

As we head into the first primaries suddenly with the United States looking at home grown terrorist and economic problems. The race has shifted to the areas that most GOP voters feel at ease with both Trump and Cruz, which is bad news for the GOP establishment who had long ago hoped that these two candidates were gone.

That does not as if it will happen as immigration, guns issues, getting the country back to work and protecting the country from terrorism is where both men score their highest points.

With that in mind it should come as no surprise that the surging Trump is the top choice of more than one out of every three Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters, according to the results of a new CNN/ORC poll released Friday.

Here is the interesting part and that is he is increasing his lead over the rest of the GOP Presidential hopefuls. The new poll has the New York businessman with 36 percent, Trump’s closest competitor for the GOP presidential nomination Cruz, at 16 percent.

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Meanwhile, Dr. Ben Carson, who finished second in the October CNN/ORC poll, fell to third this time with 14 percent as he continues to suffer from a lack of foreign policy issues. Moving into fourth spot is the candidate that most of the Republican establishment love and that is the Sunshine Stares own junior Sen. Marco Rubio who has earned 12 percent, with no other candidate finishing in the double digits.

So the best of the rest looks like this with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie earning 4 percent, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina at 3 percent each, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Ohio Gov. John Kasich at 2 percent each and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul at 1 percent. Other candidates failed to register support, while 2 percent said they had no opinion.


Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.