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Donald Trump Leaps Into FIRST in New Republican Poll

After a couple polls showed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump inching closer to Jeb Bush in national and New Hampshire polls, a new Economist/YouGov poll has the billionaire in first place.

The poll shows Trump leading the GOP pack among national with 15 percent, which another 12 percent of voters naming him their “second choice.”

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul are tied for second behind The Donald, with 11 percent apiece. Seven percent of Republicans say Bush or Paul would be their second choice.

Tying for third are Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee with 9 percent each.

Bringing up the rear are Ben Carson with 7 percent, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie with 6 percent, Texas Senator Ted Cruz with 4 percent, Carly Fiorina and former Texas Governor Rick Perry with 3 percent, and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum with 2 percent.

The poll was conducted between July 4 and July 6, about a week after a CNN poll showed Trump inching closer with 12 percent to Bush’s 19.

A Quinnipiac poll also has Trump second in Iowa with 10 percent to Bush’s 18 percent.

In New Hampshire, Trump has finished second with 11 percent in a Suffolk University poll and a CNN poll to Bush’s 14 and 16 percent, respectively.

Apparently the GOP is responding to Trump’s controversial comments about immigrants. What does that say about the party?

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