Donald Trump still has a commanding lead over the other Republicans in the hotly contested bid for the Republican Party’s presidential nod. Trump has garnered support of 24% of Republican voters, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush with 13%, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker with 10%.
The ten Republican candidates with the highest percent points of support will be allowed to participate in Thursday’s first debate in Cleveland, Ohio. The other candidates making the debate include Ben Carson, Texas Sen. Ted Cruse, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Florida Sen. Mark Rubio, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
Just missing the cut was former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Also excluded from the debate are businesswomen Carly Fiorina, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, and former New York Governor George Pataki.
While all the candidates are taking shots at Trump, he continues to ride high in the polls without any real election staff or organization. Trump’s maverick style has resonated with disgruntled Republican voters, who are tired of the same old politics as usual candidates.
While Trump has taken heat for his controversial comments on Mexican immigrants and his criticism of Arizona Sen. John McCain, that has not hurt his poll rankings. In fact, he is surging in the polls.
Trump concedes he is not a debater and does not have a staff grilling him on how to answer tough questions, but he says he will just say what he feels and so far this attitude has brought him to the top of the Republican party nominees list of presidential candidates.