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Trump and Carson Round out Florida, Rubio and Cruz Push Forward

The latest Florida primary by the Florida Times-Union has revealed that Donald Trump and Ben Carson are at the top of the Republican Party. However, both Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have surged forward and are slowly closing the gap and creating a four candidate battle for the Republican nomination.

Which Republican candidate would you vote for?

  • Donald Trump – 23%
  • Ben Carson – 22%
  • Marco Rubio – 18%
  • Ted Cruz – 12%

The days of Trump leading the Republicans by double digits are over. During every debate that has focused on policy, Trump has struggled. He isn’t a policy driven candidate and his debate tactics revolve around bashing his opponents and relying on the collective ignorance of voters. In the early stages of the election cycle, this worked in his favor, but as voters become more interested in legitimate candidates and policy, Trump will continue to fall in the rankings as his blanket statements will fail to hit home.

Carson is still polling well, despite the recent media controversy. His calm demeanor has allowed him to deflect most of the criticism and to move past it unscathed. In terms of his longterm viability as a candidate, he likely isn’t an electable candidate due to his radical beliefs on several key issues.

Both Rubio and Cruz are closing the gap and presenting themselves as suitable candidates that are more closely aligned with the GOP establishment. If either candidate can build on the momentum they generated from the fourth debate, they will easily be able to pass Trump or Carson and win the nomination.

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  • Marv Nochowitz

    There is nothing suitable about Cruz or Rubio. There policies would enrich the top one percent at the expense of everyone else.

  • Jerry

    There are really two viable candidates: Marco Rubio & Ted Cruz. Trump has dominated on a wave of displeasure with the entire political system and those in it, but that does not make him emotionally nor intellectually prepared to be President of the United States.

    • danteardenz

      Rubio and Cruz are the candidates of Israeli Lobbyist Sheldon Adelson ,the gambling King worth 28 billion.
      The high standards for poverty at home, and constant war….including with Russia !
      Both have little. ” intellectual ” capacity at all.
      Carson might be ” calm ” but a religious fanatic ,and dangerous ,inexperienced fool.
      Only Trump has demonstrated true productive leadership in his career.

  • Jerry

    Considering the fact that Jews traditionally vote Democratic makes me wonder why anyone should think Mr. Adelson’s lobbying for Israel will make a difference the way American Jews vote. Also, I get the feeling your not a New Yorker, otherwise you’d know that Trump, with all his millions, is really a low brow egotist whose able to get things done because he’s the customer and can demand things from those who are servicing him. Can anyone imagine Trump talking to a world leader in the manner he says he will? Can anyone imagine this New Yorker attempting to push the rest of the world around with threats and vulgar language ? Mr. Trump, if elected, will destroy the Republican party and lead America to ruin in the eyes of the rest of the world.