We are now about 7 weeks out from the Iowa Caucus and Ted Cruz just surged into first place with a whopping 21 percentage-point leap that smashes records for upsurges in recent Iowa caucuses history.
According to the recent news in the Des Moines Register:
The anti-establishment congressional agitator has made a rapid ascent into the lead in the GOP presidential race here, with a 21 percentage-point leap that smashes records for upsurges in recent Iowa caucuses history.
Donald Trump, now 10 points below Cruz, was in a pique about not being front-runner even before the Iowa Poll results were announced Saturday evening. He wasted no time in tearing into Cruz — and the poll — during an Iowa stop Friday night.
Ben Carson, another “Washington outsider” candidate, has plunged 15 points from his perch at the front of the pack in October. He’s now in third place.
“Big shakeup,” said J. Ann Selzer, pollster for The Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll. “This is a sudden move into a commanding position for Cruz.”
Cruz, a Texas U.S. senator famous for defying party leaders and using government shutdown tactics to hold up funding for the Obamacare health care law and abortion provider Planned Parenthood, was the favorite of 10 percent of likely Republican caucusgoers in the last Iowa Poll in October. He’s now at 31 percent.
And there are signs Cruz may not have peaked in Iowa yet. Another 20 percent of likely caucusgoers say he’s their current second choice for president. Cruz hits 51 percent support when first- and second-choice interest is combined, again leading the field.
With Cruz’s popularity and his debate proficiency, “it’s certainly possible that he could win Iowa big — very big,” said Frank Luntz, a Nevada-based GOP focus group guru who follows the Iowa race closely.
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I agree with Frank Luntz. Cruz is going to win BIG in Iowa. I also believe that Cruz has not peaked yet in Iowa! This news should make the Republican Primary race interesting especially for those who are Trump fans. According to the recent Iowa poll conducted from Dec 7-10, 30% prefer a Senator, 19% a Governor and 12% are still not sure. For the 12%, you need to wake up in the next month and educate yourselves. The next debate is Tuesday night on CNN, it should be interesting to see Trump’s reaction.
May the Force be with you!
Written by Nancy Hayes
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