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Poll: Trump doubles nearest competitor in 2016 GOP race

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Businessman Donald Trump has surged to 28 percent support in an Economist/YouGov poll of the 2016 Republican presidential field — double his closest competitor.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush checks in at second place with 14 percent support, followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 13 percent.
{mosads}Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson follows with 7 percent, then Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) with 5 percent.
Rounding out the top ten are Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) with 4 percent each, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former CEO Carly Fiorina with 3 percent each.
Trump led the same poll two weeks ago with 15 percent support, meaning he’s almost doubled his total since then.
“There is clearly a core group of registered voters who identify as Republicans that has coalesced around Trump’s tough talk and proposals,” YouGov wrote.
Despite the results, Republicans still expect Bush to eventually win the nomination.
He was chosen as the most likely primary winner by 36 percent of respondents. Walker followed with 11 percent, then Trump with 10 percent.
The poll surveyed 1,000 respondents between July 18-20. The margin of error was plus or minus 4.3 percent.
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