Donald Trump is Still the Commanding Frontrunner

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Primary voting will begin next Monday and as of today there are no signs that Donald Trump will not be the Republican nominee for president.

According to a new CNN poll, Trump's national lead has increased and the next closest candidate is miles behind.

Trump has topped the 40% mark for the first time in CNN/ORC polling, standing at 41%. That more than doubles the support of his nearest competitor, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who notches 19% support in the poll. No other candidate hit double-digits. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio landed at 8%, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 6%, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 5%, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 4%, and the rest at 3% or less.

Trump also maintains substantial leads in Iowa and New Hampshire according to most polls and he holds an enormous lead in South Carolina.

If Trump wins the first three primary states, the GOP nomination could be locked up long before the Democratic nomination because Trump also holds substantial leads in most southern states and other candidates will begin dropping out.

This could be a very awkward year for the Republican party. We have footage of virtually all of their candidates declaring Trump unfit to lead. We have the receipts.

  • muselet

    The Rs will quote Chico Marx (“Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?”) and proceed as if no one had ever said a negative word about Donald Trump.

    It’s happened before—albeit not quite as blatantly—and it’ll happen again. Whether or not it will work this year is an open question.


    • JMAshby

      The most awkward moment will be when Trump darts for the center after he officially becomes the nominee.

      • Victor the Crab

        For which Hillary will immediately call his bullshit on.

        • Black Hitler

          from prison? lol

          • Victor the Crab

            From the White House.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Whether or not it will work this year is an open question.

      With very little effort the Democrats or the press could easily make sure it won’t work this year.

      So, yeah, it’s an open question.

      • muselet

        If we lived in a perfect universe, I’d say the spectacle of Rs pretending to be long-time supporters of Donald Trump would be too obvious to ignore.

        However, we don’t live in a perfect universe—just as a f’rinstance, Chuck Todd is still employed—so I put the odds of it being mentioned closer to 50-50.