Rubio holds slim lead among GOP contenders

by Ben Kamisar  |  published on June 3, 2015


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.

  • Lily Haley

    Each poll results I’ve seen vary with the organization sponsoring the poll. So I don’t pay much attention to them. But I definitely don’t want to see Rinos or ineligible people on top.

  • deltainny

    Who, in their right mind, would trust a CNN poll? Let’s not let the media select our candidate like in the last 2 elections.

  • Raymond J Ambrozaitis

    I am so glad Rubio is getting his day or two in the lead. Last election everyone of the Republicans got a day or several and then faded. So too now will Rubio the spotlight will shine on his often self-serving pompous ignorant statements and his possibilities will quickly fade.

    • JH

      My Democrat liberal friend. The description you give of Rubio appears to be a strong reflection of inner self – arrogant, pompous, ignorant, self-serving! Please educate yourself and attempt to be at least a mite more fair and balanced in your judgment of people with whom you differ. By the way, good luck in life. You seem to be a bitter, unhappy sort.

      • Raymond J Ambrozaitis

        And since you are unabvle to in any way refute or respond to my post as regards my Senator you think you will make an impression with an ad hominem attack. That is the act of a weak mind just as somehow thinking you can call me your friend, however knowing how delusional one has to be to support one of the first ones who will be dropping out I will give you some latitude

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