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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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