Donald Trump continues to dominate headlines and maintains 24 percent of the vote in a new FOX News poll, but he’s now been surpassed by one of his GOP rivals: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.
Out of nearly 10,000 likely Republican primary and caucus voters that have been asked who will be the GOP nominee in 2016, a whopping 48 percent responded with Paul, as of 3:00 p.m. EST Thursday, Sept. 10.
This of course isn’t your standard national or state poll done over the phone. It’s an online survey at FOX News Nation, but it’s still newsworthy, especially with such a large sample size.
Dr. Ben Carson and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz are tied for a distant third place in the poll with seven percent.
Paul failed to impress at the inaugural GOP debate in Cleveland last month, but he also received the least amount of time of any of the 10 candidates on stage.
The libertarian-leaning Senator’s polling numbers have been lagging as of late, but the same is true for a couple of other legitimate GOP contenders, most notably Marco Rubio and Scott Walker.
It’s obviously still very early in the race, as we’re still months away from the early state primaries and caucuses, but things will be heating up at next week’s debate on CNN, which will also be streaming online for free.
Paul, Rubio, Walker and Jeb Bush have proven to be the most electable candidates thus far in head-to-head matchups with Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.