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Bush, Christie Top August GOP Primary Poll, Ted Cruz Surges to 3rd as Paul Plummets

McClatchy-Marist, 8/5-8/7
GOP Nomination
Bush: 13
Christie: 13
Cruz: 10
Ryan: 9
Rubio: 9
Perry: 7
Paul: 7
Walker: 4
Santorum: 3
Bobby Jindal: 2

A new McClatchy-Marist poll has found that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are tied atop the latest national Republican nomination poll while Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has fallen out of favor.

The poll, conducted between August 4 and August 7, sampling 342 registered Republican and Republican-leaning independents, found that Bush and Christie lead the current Republican pack with 13 percent apiece.

That’s the second straight McClatchy-Marist poll to see Bush with 13 percent while Christie has seen 12-13 percent in three straight.

Coming in behind the current front-runners is Texas Senator Ted Cruz with 10 percent. That’s a significant improvement from the 4-5 percent Cruz had seen in the last three McClatchy polls. It also comes as fellow Tea Party favorite Rand Paul has fallen from 12 percent in April to just 7 percent in this most recent poll. Paul had been at 9-12 percent in every McClatchy poll we’ve seen.

After scoring 19 percent support among independents in April, Paul is now at just 8 percent among unaffiliated voters and at a mere 6 percent among Republicans. Meanwhile, Christie now leads among independent voters with 16 percent while Ted Cruz has jumped from 5 percent to 12 percent.

Coming in behind Cruz was Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan and Florida Senator Marco Rubio with 9 percent apiece, Texas Governor Rick Perry with 7 percent, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at 4 percent, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum at 3 percent, and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal at 2 percent.

None of those really went up or down too much except for Perry who went from 3 percent in April to 7 percent in August on the heels of his actions and statements on the border crisis.

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