- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 12, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Carly’s up, Trump is down,” is the headline on a new Rasmussen Reports poll of likely Republican primary voters.

“The post-debate picture has a new contender in the top 10 of Republican presidential contenders, while the leader of the pack has taken a fall,” says the poll, released Wednesday. It reveals finds that Carly Fiorina - “stuck in the bottom tier of debaters last Thursday” - now garners support from 9 percent of likely Republican primary voters, which puts her on par with Sen. Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Gov. Scott Walker.

And while he still leads the pack, Donald Trump’s level of support has dropped from 26 percent before the debate to 17 percent now.

The conclusion? “Fiorina’s now on the A-list,” Rasmussen Reports says. Such dynamics could push Mike Huckabee down to the second tier of the big Republican field.

And here’s the current standings, with Mr. Trump in the lead: Mssrs. Rubio and Bush follow are now in second place with 10 percent support each, while Ms. Fiorina and Mr. Walker tie for third with 9 percent of the likely primary vote.

“Rounding out the new top 10 in terms of their level of support among likely primary voters are Dr. Ben Carson at 8 percent, Senator Ted Cruz at 7 percent and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Ohio Governor John Kasich and Senator Rand Paul, each with 4 percent support,” Rasmussen Reports states.

The survey of 651 likely Republican primary voters was conducted August 9-10, 2015.

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