HOW WILL NIKKI HALEY’S ENDORSEMENT OF MARCO RUBIO IMPACT THE RACE?
A new poll from Fox News shows GOP frontrunner Donald Trump still dominating the field in South Carolina’s upcoming presidential primary election.
No surprise there, right? Right …
Trump is backed by 32 percent of likely “First in the South” GOP primary voters, according to the poll, putting him ahead of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas (19 percent) and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida (15 percent) – the favorite of the “Republican” establishment.
(For the record, this site defines establishment “Republicans” as those who either expressly rebuke the more conservative wing of their party or embrace fiscally liberal, pro-big government ideology in their campaign statements or official voters).
No other candidates cracked double digits, effectively making this a three-person race …
Among those indicating they will “definitely” vote in the February 20 election, 34 percent support Trump compared to 20 percent who back Cruz and 15 percent who are with Rubio.
Also of interest? A whopping 83 percent of Trump supporters say they have made up their minds to vote for him, compared to 73 percent of those favoring Cruz and just 71 percent of those favoring Rubio.
Fox’s poll surveyed 759 likely “Republican” primary voters between February 15-17. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. The network has Trump’s lead at a slightly smaller margin than other recent polls, but that’s probably not surprising.
Obviously S.C. governor Nikki Haley‘s big endorsement of Rubio – offered at a time when other polls showed him poised to take over second place in the race – will have some impact on these numbers.