We now have a handful of national and state polls out after Thursday night's Fox/GOP debate. And they all tell the same story: Donald Trump either maintained or expanded his lead in the GOP primary race. Hats off to the sage commentators who predicted this turn of events. But there's another part of the story that is actually more important for the eventual outcome of the nomination process.
I take it as a given that for any variety of reasons Donald Trump will not be the Republican nominee. So someone else will need to be. But look at the numbers that came after Trump's. Bush, Walker and possibly Rubio - the candidates who actually represent plausible national candidates - are actually falling as Trump rises. Along with him, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina are moving up.
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