Trump-mentum Not Stopping Yet: The Donald Leads GOP Pack In New Poll

Donald Trump has set himself apart from the crowded Republican presidential field by refusing to back off from his derogatory comments about Mexican immigrants – and a new poll shows that strategy could be working with voters.

Trump leads the GOP pack in this week’s Economist/YouGov poll, with 15 percent of registered Republican voters calling the billionaire-reality TV star their first-choice candidate for 2016. Another 12 percent said Trump was their second choice for the Republican nomination.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) polled 4 points behind Trump with 11 percent each. Wis. Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tied in third place, each with 9 percent.

But despite Trump’s apparent lift among Republican voters, only 7 percent of respondents said they believe it’s likely Trump will be the party’s eventual nominee, while 29 percent said they expected Bush to take the nomination.

YouGov’s polling uses a pre-selected pool of registered voters, with respondents selected at random from that pool.

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