Post-debate polling…

It seems as though Trump still maintains a significant lead in the GOP field, courtesy of the latest NBC News poll. According to the poll, Trump leads with 23 percent, followed by Ted Cruz at 13 percent. Other notable findings are that Marco Rubio and Carly Fiorina received a significant bump in the poll while Jeb Bush and Scott Walker saw some of their numbers dissipate. However, as Matt Wilstein at Mediaite notes, people are questioning the validity of the survey because NBC News partnered with the online survey outfit Survey Monkey to conduct the poll.

In case you weren’t following other Trump developments from over the weekend, allow me to happily sum up the latest events. Everyone by now has already heard that Trump implied Fox News host and debate moderator Megyn Kelly was on her period due to her questioning of his previous comments about women. Naturally, Trump maintained his innocence and stated that he was talking about blood coming out of Megyn Kelly’s “nose” or “ears”. Because Trump is entirely predictable and detached from reality, he now insists that Megyn Kelly should apologize to him. This was even too much for Red State editor-in-chief Erick Erickson, as Erickson disinvited Trump from his Red State Gathering this past weekend in Atlanta (yes, the very same Erick Erickson who referred to former Texas Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis as “abortion barbie” and believes that women who are the breadwinners in their households are defying nature).

After receiving condemnation from his fellow candidates including Carly Fiorina, Trump had the following words for Fiorina on his Twitter account: “I just realized that if you listen to Carly Fiorina for more than ten minutes straight, you develop a massive headache. She has zero chance!” Much like his outreach to Latino voters, it is probably safe to assume that Trump’s outreach to women voters will be just as futile.

So, did I miss anything else? Oh yeah, apparently Fox News President Roger Ailes called Trump to let him know that he “will be treated fairly” going forward on Fox News. So, there’s that. Also, there’s word that Trump may end up recanting his earlier threat about going third-party if he loses the race for the Republican nomination. In the meantime, Trump has probably started looking for a new political adviser. Will Trump hire yet another staffer that possesses all of his “admirable” qualities? Or will Team Trump look for someone more prudent? I think you know which one I’m betting on.

Stay tuned…

UPDATE: Two more polls (here and here) show Trump still well ahead of his competitors. (H/T  of Political Wire)

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One thought on “Post-debate polling…

  1. Excellent piece

    My sense is that this episode allows us to dissect the politics vs. economics of what passes for broadcast journalism. Is it possible that Trump threatened Ailes with a boycott of FOX, and that after seeing the ratings from the debate and the weekend appearances on NBC, CBS, ABC and affiliates, FOX decided to throw Megyn under the bus and invite The Donald to grace FOX News with his presence?

    Jus Sayin’

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