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Trump Down But Not Out

Republican candidate billionaire Donald Trump maintains his leading position in the race to win the Republican presidential nomination for 2016, albeit his support has fallen to 24 percent from 32 percent previously, a CNN/ORC poll released has shown.

Photo Credit: Michael Vadon - Donald Trump.
Photo Credit: Michael Vadon – Donald Trump.

Trump’s performance in the latest debate on CNN was less than stellar and many pundits view that as a signal that Trump is losing his mojo.

The fact is many Republican leaders and fellow presidential candidates are chomping at the bit just to see Trump self-destruct.

Some Republican candidates are deftly afraid that if Trump maintains his lead in the poll he will suck up all the oxygen,  thus stifling their message and position; therefore, they are all waiting to see whether he will drop out from the race sooner than later.

The truth is Trump is perceived by many main stream Republicans as bad for their brand.

He is seen as making it difficult for the Republican Party to gain any traction among a large trunk of voters, including women, Hispanics, and African-Americans.

This is troubling for Republicans as the nomination of Trump would create a problem for them winning the White House given his alienation of minority, an important voting bloc.

In the meantime, Trump continues his fire storm utterances and maintains his dominance in the media.

That said, one of Trump’s arch rivals and bitterest critics, former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina, has shot up to second place with 15 percent from only 3 percent in early September, the recent poll showed.

On the other hand, in a Rolling Stone piece, Trump mocked Carly Fiorina’s face. “Look at that face,” he said. “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!” He added, “I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”

Trump also described Fiorina stewardship of HP as disastrous.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

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