Carly Fiorina, Elections, NewsEdge

Fiorina can’t move Christie off debate stage

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fiorinacarly01022015getty_0By Bob Jordan, Asbury Park Press, N.J.
Former business executive Carly Fiorina’s surge in national polling may not be good enough for her to bump New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and other underperforming Republican hopefuls off the stage for the second presidential debate next month.

Real estate mogul Donald Trump is the runaway leader for the Republican 2016 nomination with 28 percent support in a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

Fiorina, the only woman in the GOP field, is at 5 percent and in seventh place, tied with Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

That puts Fiorina ahead of Christie (4 percent), former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (3 percent) and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky (2 percent).

However, Fiorina remains unlikely to be included in CNN’s top 10 for the Sept. 16 debate. The network plans to use a polling average to pick candidates that includes eight older surveys conducted before Fiorina’s campaign picked up momentum.

Ben Carson is second to Trump, followed by Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker.

On the Democratic side, the Quinnipiac poll found Vice President Joseph Biden is running slightly better than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton against leading Republican contenders in head-to-head matchups.

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