Polling

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

Establishment efforts to derail GOP candidate Donald Trump appear to be having the opposite effect.

With a new round of fresh data in, Trump has increased his Real Clear Politics average of latest polling results from 23.2%, back on October 10, to 26.2% today.

Retired Neurosurgeon Ben Carson has also climbed. He’s now at 21.2% from 17.2%.

Even U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has experienced a bumped up to 8.4%.

Trump, Carson and Cruz have climbed at the expense of Former HP Exec Carly Fiorina, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. We won’t mention the other bottom-tier candidates because they are essentially finished.

Expect several candidates, especially those without money, to drop out soon.

In addition, Mr. Trump’s Federal Election Commission filings show that he has actually been raising significant cash from small contributors, while assembling operations in all early primary states.

We’ve been saying it for months now. Trump is a master at branding and marketing, and he’s running laps around his fellow candidates.

The data reflects results from polls conducted by CNN, NBC and Monmouth University.

Here’s the breakdown:

Candidate       10/20   10/10
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Trump           26.2%   23.2%  
Carson          21.2%   17.2%
Rubio            8.8%    9.9%
Cruz             8.4%    6.2%
Bush             7.0%    8.4%
Fiorina          5.6%   10.4%