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Donald Trump surges, Hillary Clinton slips in Florida

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Published: Thursday, August 20, 2015, 7:05:00 AM EDT
Received: Thursday, August 20, 2015, 7:05:58 AM EDT
(South Florida Sun Sentinel (FL))

Aug. 20– Donald Trump is surging in Florida, and has dethroned former Gov. Jeb Bush from his perch as the top candidate of Florida Republicans. For Democrats, the luster is coming off Hillary Clinton, who has lost a quarter of her support in the last nine weeks.

GTY_donald_trump_hillary_clinton_sk_150619_16x9_992Those are the topline takeaways from new Quinnipiac Polls out Thursday.

On the Republican side, it isn’t that Bush has slipped. He’s at 17 percent among Florida Republicans, compared to 20 percent in the June 18 Quinnipiac Poll. That dip is within the polls margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points, meaning it’s statistically unchanged.

Trump, a part-time Palm Beach resident, has attracted lots of support since the last poll, clearly benefiting from massive news media attention to his style and ideas. He stands at 21 percent among Republicans — up sharply from his 3 percent on June 18 — which puts him in a lead similar to what many polls have shown nationally and in early primary states.

Florida’s other favorite son candidate, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, is down. He had support of 11 percent of Florida Republicans in the new poll, down from 18 percent in June.

The poll was taken from Aug 7-18. Pollsters’ first day asking questions of Florida voters was the day after the first debate among candidates for the Republican presidential nomination.

Quinnipiac’s surveys of 477 Florida Republicans and 345 Democrats have margins of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

Clinton, long a favorite in Florida is way down among the state’s Democrats. She was at 48 percent support in the new poll, down from 48 percent in June.

This article will be updated. Check back for more information.

aman@sunsentinel.com, 954-356-4550

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  • Go trump,,at least he has the balls to tell it like it is.

  • jerry1944

    Jeb I want vote for T Cruz is my first but Trump is my second both look like fighters and not like what the Rep put as there leaders , old mitch the dem and the bonehead both those need real good knee pads

  • Wayne Scott

    No ?? The more legal Americans listen to President Donald J. Trump speak they will support him. Mr. Trump says the hard to take (for some) truth. No ?? Mr. Trump loves America, will bring good paying jobs back for all legal Americans to benefit, will unite all God fearing Americans for a stronger America, will replace Obummer Care with a workable health insurance, will secure our boarders, will make illegals leave with the opportunity to return lawfully, will not give Iran $150,000,000.000 to build nukes to kill us and many more things that will Make America Great Again!

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