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No doubt any candidate receives at least some bump when they have a major positive campaign story focused on them for days. As for Ted Cruz, his bump has arrived and is enough to land him in third place behind Scott Walker and Jeb Bush. The pollster says he’s officially arrived at the top tier but I don’t think you can make that judgment on one poll.

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The latest Public Polic Polling (PPP) poll shows Cruz having jumped 11 percent since last time:

20% – Scott Walker
17% – Jeb Bush
16% – Ted Cruz
10% – Ben Carson, Rand Paul
6% – Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee

Report from PPP:

PPP’s newest Republican national poll finds that Ted Cruz has the big momentum following the official announcement of his candidacy last week. His support has increased from 5% to 16% in just over a month, enough to make him one of three candidates in the top tier of GOP contenders, along with Scott Walker and Jeb Bush.

Walker continues to lead the field with 20%, although that’s down from his 25% standing a month ago. Bush continues to poll at 17%, followed by Cruz at 16%, Ben Carson and Rand Paul at 10%, Marco Rubio and Mike Huckabee at 6%, Chris Christie at 4%, and Rick Perry at 3%.

Cruz has really caught fire with voters identifying themselves as ‘very conservative’ since his announcement. After polling at only 11% with them a month ago, he now leads the GOP field with 33% to 25% for Walker and 12% for Carson with no one else in double digits. Last month Walker led with that group and almost all of the decline in his overall support over the last month has come within it as those folks have moved toward Cruz. Cruz’s name recognition with Republican voters has increased from 61% to 82% since his announcement. Besides Cruz the other candidate with momentum over the last month is Rand Paul. His support has increased from 4% to 10%.

The question will be how much of a bump Paul and Rubio get after they announce in the next couple weeks. Furthermore, can Cruz maintain this support? He seems to have pulled some support from Walker and perhaps from Paul and Carson. That is a pretty good intersection of where Cruz sits ideologically in the field.

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  1. Actually, the RCP Average has the Illegal Ted (IT) tied for THURD place with Carson, Huckabee and Paul. Illegal Rubio is in 7th place and illegal Jindahl 11th place out of the 12 that were polled. No illegal candidates should be considered. The Goldman Sachs “Bankster” Cruz family cannot win! DUMP CRUZ

    • Why do you say Jindal is illegal? He was born in Baton Rouge, if you believe him.

      It is funny that this is a year for nicknames

      PIYUSH JINDAL
      JOHN BUSH
      RAFAEL CRUZ
      JAMES PERRY
      CARA FIORINA

      Also, the lesser known–

      CHARLES “SKIP” ANDREWS
      DEWEY “PHIL” BRYANT
      NIMRATA “NIKKI” HALEY
      CLEMENT “BUTCH” OTTER

      Tell ya who NEEDS a nickname–

      LINDSEY GRAHAM
      (Although he really IS a “Lindsey”)

      • The Law of Nations was used to craft the US Constitution and it defines that the NBC is a person born in the Country where the parents are citizens. Cruz, Rubio and Jindahl do not qualify….none of them will survive the eligibility discussion through the primaries. Obama has created a precedence where illegal behavior BEGATS illegal behavior. Americans will not allow another illegal in the White House. Coming from the Left, I can see how they swooned Obama in, but the Right are the people who know how to think. It will not happen again.
        Lindsey Graham is a Turd. No matter how many times this freak gets polished, he remains what he is, a TURD. And he has no chance of even getting THURD!

        • THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!

          I have been anti-birther, since the argument seemed so silly. It was my understanding that the ONLY reason for the phrase “natural born” in the Constitution was to make sure a foreign leader didn’t become also the head of our government, which was considered normal in those days.

          HOWEVER, I looked up THE LAW OF NATIONS. Mind you, it’s just a book, written by a foreigner, it would not carry legal weight here, EXCEPT that it was written just a few years before the revolution–AND it was said that it was read, and referred to, by MANY of the Founding Fathers.

          So that gets to INTENT–what is MEANT by the phrase.

          Here’s what the philosopher Emerich de Vatte wrote in the book:

          The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in
          the country, of parents who are citizens. As the society cannot exist
          and perpetuate itself otherwise than by the children of the citizens, those
          children naturally follow the condition of their fathers, and succeed to all
          their rights. The society is supposed to desire this, in consequence of what it
          owes to its own preservation; and it is presumed, as matter of course, that
          each citizen, on entering into society, reserves to his children the right of
          becoming members of it. The country of the fathers is therefore that of the
          children; and these become true citizens merely by their tacit consent. We
          shall soon see whether, on their coming to the years of discretion, they may
          renounce their right, and what they owe to the society in which they were born.
          I say, that, in order to be of the country, it is necessary that a person be
          born of a father who is a citizen; for, if he is born there of a foreigner, it
          will be only the place of his birth, and not his country.”

          The point is not some legalistic qualification. It’s about a philosophy of what being a “full” citizen means.

          • CruzBots are biased and do not want to understand INTENT. They just want another illegal candidate to replace the illegal usurper that we have now. Whether this is enough legally, who knows. But if enough “Chatter” as Cruz has labeled us Americans who question this keep it going, the questionable status will surely push him out in the Primaries. When the other TWO illegals announce, this topic will become worse for Cruz too. No illegal candidates! Dump Cruz!

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