It gets weirder: Huckabee is in second.
Republican Jeb Bush’s support is slipping in the race for the party’s presidential nomination, and front-runner Donald Trump has opened a 20-point lead over his closest rivals, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll showed on Tuesday.
Republican backing for Bush dipped from 16 percent to 8 percent in the last five days, the online poll found, as the former Florida governor feuded with Trump over immigration policy and defended his use of the term “anchor babies” to describe U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants.
Trump’s support remained largely unchanged over the last week at about 30 percent, well ahead of the 17-strong pack seeking to represent the Republican Party in the November 2016 presidential election.
Bush fell into a third-place tie with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson in the poll, and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee moved into second place with 10 percent.
While there are people out there outraged about either Bush or Trump, I will never understand Huckabee’s appeal. He’s basically John Edwards with a pro-life bent.
The real news here is obviously Little Jeb Fauntleroy’s plunge. This guy was supposed to be able to nap his way to this nomination and now he’s tied with Ben Carson, who was practically a no-show at the first debate and sounded like he’d merely memorized some Wikipedia pages when he could be heard answering a question.
For those interested, here is the Reuters interactive poll.