Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) leads a new CNN/ORC poll of the Republican presidential horserace, as second-place finisher former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) continues to fall from a large lead earlier this year.
Rubio snagged 14 percent of Republican voters, enough for a slim 1-percentage-point lead over Bush, a fellow Floridian. Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) and Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) follow with 10 percent, ahead of Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who each grabbed 8 percent.
While national polls don’t always best capture the state of the race, they hold an outsized importance for the 2016 contest, as news networks have decided to rely on them to decide how to manage the swelling GOP field. As hosts of the first GOP debate, Fox News will only take the top 10 in national polls. CNN, the second debate host, will have one stage for the top 10 and another for all candidates polling 1 percent or above.