Poll: And the winner of Tuesday’s GOP debate is…

If you have to ask, you weren’t paying attention to the moment during the last Republican debate of 2015 Tuesday when front-runner Donald Trump, in ever-modest fashion, declared himself the winner.

A poll conducted by Gravis Marketing, commissioned by One America News Network, found that 35% of the 1,641 registered Republican voters queried agreed with Trump.

When asked who lost the debate, 26% named Trump’s chief adversary on Tuesday, Jeb Bush.

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Even more striking is the fact that 50% of respondents said they had a more favorable opinion of Trump following his performance, while 56% had a less favorable opinion of Bush.

Bush, who is trailing Trump by nearly 30 percentage points, according to the Real Clear Politics average, went mano a mano with Trump, saying he as “a chaos candidate and … would be a chaos president.”

Trump rejoined him, saying, “Oh yeah, and you’re a tough guy, Bush,” adding that Bush’s poll numbers have cratered.

Here’s Bush:


Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.

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