Businessman Donald Trump is holding on to his position atop the crowded GOP presidential field following the first Republican debate, according to a new national Fox News poll.
Donald Trump, meanwhile, continues to dominate the race, earning 25 percent support nationally, while another outsider, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, is running second at 12 percent. Sen.
While Trump’s first-place sitting is no longer a surprise to no one, the candidate who is now riding behind him is quite surprising.
Bush, a former Florida governor, saw the biggest drop of any candidate following the debate, down from 15 percent in the Fox poll conducted before the debate to 9 percent now, in single digits for the first time since April.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, running as the anti-establishment Republican in the race, is now in third place with 10 percent.
Support for Scott Walker has also seen a notable decrease to 6 percent from 9 percent, putting the Wisconsin Governor in a tie with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. And Rubio, the senator from Florida, is now at 4 percent – in ninth place, and down from 5 percent.
Businesswoman Carly Fiorina, who was widely viewed as the victor of the undercard debate, has jumped to seventh in the 17-person GOP field, up from 2 percent to 5 percent heading into the second debate next month. Rand Paul, who is slipping out of the top 10. Marco Rubio at 4 percent, and then New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen.
Respondents rated Fiorina as the victor of both debates, followed by Carson, Kasich and Rubio. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has narrowed to 49 percent to 30 percent.