GOP Debate -021316

The stage layout for the GOP Presidential Debate in Greenville, South Carolina to be televised by CBS on Saturday evening.

Saturday, February 13, 2016 – 11:00 a.m.

It’s another in a plethora of GOP debates on tap for Saturday night.

This time all six remaining candidates will take the stage at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina.

The event follows the departure of Former HP Exec Carly Fiorina and New Jersey Chris Christie from the contest.

Impacting the tone and tenor of Saturday night’s discussion is emerging signs that Front-runner Donald Trump is starting to expand his lead in the polls.

It’s a likely development since his decisive victory in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday Night, which was preceded by a strong second-place finish in the Iowa Caucus.

A new poll commissioned by The Augusta Chronicle, and released Friday, shows Trump, with a 16-point lead, at 36%.

Trump is trailed by Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (20%), Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (15%), Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (11%), Ohio Governor John Kasich (9%) and Retired Pediatric Neurosurgeon Ben Caron (5%).

The same poll, which does have some polling methodology issues, had Trump, with a 14-point lead, at 32% in Mid-January.

Another new poll conducted by the South Carolina House Republican Caucus, all released on Friday, has Trump, with a 19-point lead, at 35%.

In that SC House Poll, Trump is trailed by Cruz (16%), Rubio (13%), Bush (13%), Kasich (9%) and Carson (5%).

Both aforementioned polls overlapped Trump’s New Hampshire victory. In essence they don’t fully reflect the polling impact of the win.

The latest Reuters/Ipsos national tracking poll, as of Friday, has Trump out front, with a 21.2-point lead, at 39.8%.

Trump is trailed by Cruz (18.6%), Rubio (11.4%), Carson (8.7%), Bush (7.2%) and Kasich (4.5%).

The Morning Consult Poll, released Thursday, has Trump with a 27-point lead, at 44%.

Trailing Trump is Cruz (17%), Rubio (10%), Carson (10%), Bush (8%) and Kasich (4%).

One data point to note here is the perceived “non-establishment candidate” vote percentage in each of polls.

Trump, Cruz and Carson combine for 61%, 56%, 67.1% and 71% respectively.

The numbers for both Trump and the Non-Establishment Candidates, as a whole, are growing.