ABC/Washington Post Poll Has Donald Trump 11 Points Ahead of Scott Walker
The GOP has a big problem right now, and his name is Donald Trump.
Earlier this week, Donald Trump ruffled even more feathers when he claimed that John McCain was only a war hero because he "was captured", and that Trump only "likes people that weren't captured".
The comments drew fire from all angles, including practically all of Trump's opponents in the race for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination. Trump, according to candidate Lindsey Graham, is being a "jackass" at a time when "we need to have a serious debate about the future of the party and the country."
Trump's most recent comments came just a few weeks after he enraged many millions of people during his speech to announce his candidacy for the GOP nomination. Particularly controversial were Trump's comments about Mexican immigrants and his desire to build a "big wall" along the US/Mexico border.
Many people figured that Trump would just have a small, niche following when he announced that he would be running for President. This has not turned out to be the case at all - at least for now.
According to a recent ABC/Washington Post poll, 24% of Republican and Republican-leaning Independents say that they will be supporting Donald Trump for the Republican nomination. This compares to 13% for Scott Walker and 12% for Jeb Bush.
Other polls are telling the same story - Donald Trump is currently leading the pack. His recent comments, as controversial as they were, are resonating with a large number of right-leaning voters.
The problem for the Republican party is that Donald Trump polls exceedingly poorly against Hillary Clinton, who is almost certainly going to win the Democratic nomination (though Bernie Sanders is putting up a spirited fight). A Clinton vs Trump battle in 2016 would almost surely lead to defeat for the Republican party.
Many people expect that Donald Trump's quick rise is going to flame out in spectacular fashion, though many of these people didn't expect that he would make this much of an impact in the first place.
The Democratic party, it must be assumed, is crossing their fingers that Donald Trump does end up securing the Republican nomination.
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