Donald Trump must have more political lives than a cat since the press keeps declaring his candidacy dead after he riles them up on a weekly basis. At this point, his polling remains strong and continues getting stronger, especially in New Hampshire where he now doubles the lead of his closest opponent, Jeb Bush.
Report from USAToday:
Another new poll out of New Hampshire indicates that Donald Trump’s recent dust-up with John McCain has not slowed the billionaire’s political momentum.
Trump now has a 2-to-1 advantage over Jeb Bush among likely voters in New Hampshire’s Republican primary, according to a Monmouth University Poll.
The New York businessman has 24% to Bush’s 12%, with John Kasich and Scott Walker tied for third at 7%.
“The controversy over comments about John McCain’s war service do not appear to have slowed the Trump steamroller,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch, N.J.
The poll also shows continuing momentum for the newest member of the Republican presidential race, Kasich. This is the second poll this week in which the Ohio governor has hit 7%; he was much closer to 1% before his formal announcement last week.
Trump is taking a coalition of voters from nearly every other Republican. Several mid-tier candidates, who would appeal to a similar chunk of Trump supporters, are being drowned for press coverage, and likely donations. Others, such as Chris Christie, who were banking everything on New Hampshire, are also being knocked down several pegs in the state. Iowa will be tough for Trump given that he won’t win the trust of every evangelical voter. In New Hampshire, where candidates who don’t emphasize their religious views do well, he’s striking the right chords.