The latest on the presidential horse race.

Bush Leads all Republican Candidates

CNN and ORC International released a new poll detailing the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Leading the pack is Jeb Bush who is being trailed by Donald Trump. The poll had a margin of error of 5.5 percent.

As of late June, voters favored Bush who achieved 19 percent of the vote. Coming in second was Trump with 12 percent, third was Mike Huckabee with 8 percent, and various other candidates trailed behind him. 7 percent of voters were interested in someone else, 6 percent in none of the candidates, and 3 percent had no opinion at all.

In terms of major issues, 47 percent rated the economy as extremely important, while 41 percent said it wasn’t important.

Foreign policy grew in popularity. In a February poll, 28 percent saw it as extremely important, 39 percent very important, 25 percent moderately important, and 7 percent not that important. In June, the numbers increased to 32 percent saying it was an extremely important issue.

Healthcare remains a fairly important issue with 44 percent of Americans deeming it extremely important, 39 percent very important, 13 percent moderately important, and only 4 percent saying it isn’t that important.

Illegal immigration continues to be a middling issue with 30 percent claiming it was an extremely important issue and 12 percent saying that it isn’t that important.

Terrorism still commands a respectful following. 48 percent of Americans believe it is extremely important, while 5 percent do not.

Race relations and same-sex marriage were not considered important issues in comparison to the economy, foreign policy, and healthcare.

As it stands, Bush continues to be the most moderate candidate when compared to Trump and his blatant racism in regards to immigration policies and his frequent sideshow antics. The only other candidate with the potential to rise the rankings is Rand Paul, but he is struggling to gain popularity with voters.

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  • Frances Gordon

    I think Bush looks like a dummy and I doubt if he will ever be President!