Presidential races

Online polls: Trump won third GOP debate

Donald Trump emerged the victor of Wednesday night’s third GOP presidential debate, according to flash polls of three websites’ users.

Trump overwhelmingly won the contest in Boulder, Colo., according to online surveys from TimeThe Drudge Report and CNBC, the network hosting the contest.

{mosads}Drudge has Trump beating his closest competition during the event by approximately 32 points among its respondents. He earned 54 percent compared to 22 percent for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Drudge’s second place Republican contender.

Drudge ranks Rubio third overall with 11 percent, while Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) takes fourth with 4 percent and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson finishes fifth, also around 4 percent.

Time, meanwhile, has Trump besting the rest of the GOP’s 2016 presidential field by 26 points among its participants.

He receives 46 percent to 20 percent for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in that sampling of the contest’s results.

Time places Paul third with 8 percent voter support. Cruz is fourth with 7 percent, while Carson takes fifth there as well with 6 percent.

And CNBC has Trump leading rest of the Republican pack by approximately 26 points over second place. He takes 46 percent, compared with 20 percent for Cruz.

Rubio takes CNBC’s third place with 15.4 percent, while Carson ranks fourth with 4 percent and Ohio Gov. John Kasich fifth with 3.5 percent.

Drudge conducted its post-debate sampling with an online survey of 240,063 respondents. Time reported 11,775 votes in its own version of the poll and CNBC did not report its number of respondents. All surveys were among only the sites’ users and have unclear margins of error.

Trump repeatedly sparred with CNBC moderator John Harwood during his appearance in Boulder, Colo., Wednesday night.

He also mocked Kasich for having low national polling numbers and took credit for shortening the event’s length.

Trump has since boasted that he took first place during the heated clash at the University of Colorado.

“Thanks everyone — they all said I won the debate,” he tweeted afterwards Wednesday. “Even won the @CNBC poll!”

Tags 2016 Ben Carson Boulder CNBC Colorado debates Donald Trump Drudge GOP Marco Rubio polls Rand Paul Republicans Ted Cruz Time

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