Call him whatever you want to call him, but you have to call him the current front-runner according to several polls released in the last two weeks. Sure, at a mere 18 percent, front-runner is a weak term as the field is still split, but he is currently holding the top spot.

Report from the Washington Times:

Businessman Donald Trump is the front-runner in a second national poll this week on the 2016 GOP field, holding an edge over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in a Fox News poll released Thursday.

Mr. Trump was the top choice of 18 percent of Republican primary voters in the poll, followed by Mr. Walker at 15 percent and Mr. Bush at 14 percent.

Support for Mr. Trump was up 7 percentage points since last month and up 14 points since May. He was also first in a Suffolk University/USA Today poll released earlier in the week.

In response to the Fox poll, Mr. Trump said in a statement: “I am incredibly pleased that my message is resonating with people all over the United States. There are so many American’s that are ready to make our country great again, and I am the only one who can make it happen. We will bring back the jobs, bring back the money, and bring back the spirit!”

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky was next at 8 percent, followed by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida at 7 percent, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 6 percent, and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 4 percent apiece.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was at 3 percent, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Sen. Rick Santorum were tied for 10th at 2 percent apiece. Mr. Kasich is scheduled to announce his 2016 plans on Tuesday in Columbus.

It is to the point that some prominent Republicans, such as Senator John McCain, have begun harshly criticizing Trump and the “crazies,” as McCain calls them, he has managed to engage with. The biggest losers during Trump’s rise to the top are the mid to second tier names who have been pushed further down the list as Trump splinters support from numerous candidates.

The bottom line is that, as Trump continues to rise, Fox News and the GOP donor class will have a difficult time figuring out how to prevent his attendance at the first debate on August 6.


  1. The Year of Truth…?

    Are people finally waking up from the pernicious Political Correctness Bull that is destroying our nation — and giving kudos to a pompous guy just because he speaks The Truth, finally, and won’t back down from it…?!

    • A couple reasons..

      1) he hasn’t actually filed a candidacy yet

      2) he’s not even registering in any national polls

      3) He’s not officially launching until next month from reports

      I’ll add him this week.

  2. McCain has faults, but to have Trump attack him for being a courageous POW shows Trump’s true nature:

    Trump is an irrational speculator who has REGULARLY had his companies go bankrupt. But here’s the thing–he is spectacularly wealthy, as his employees have lost their jobs, and his fellow “investors” have lost everything.

    His personal wealth may be great, but his mind is bankrupt.

    • “The article’s lead sentence states, “Republican presidential
      candidate Donald Trump slammed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a decorated
      Vietnam War veteran, on Saturday by saying McCain was not a war hero because he was captured by the North Vietnamese [emphasis added].”

      Is this report accurate?

      Trump actually said the opposite of what the Post lead sentence and
      video caption claim. The Post might have been able to get away
      stating that Trump “implied” McCain was not a war hero because McCain
      was captured, but even that would have been a subjective interpretation
      since Trump had actually stated the opposite.

      It’s true that Trump stated one time that McCain is not a war hero. But Trump stated four times that McCain is a war hero–and that was not accurately characterized in the article.”

      Fact Check: The Washington Post on Donald Trump and John McCain

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