Marco Rubio Is Favored By Georgia College GOP Leaders, While Donald Trump Leads in Iowa

Back last August, we told you about the results of a straw poll among the leaders of the Georgia Association of College Republicans. Marco Rubio got the most votes, followed by Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, With Rand Paul, Chris Christie. and Carly Fiorina, and George Pataki bringing up the rear.

The College Republicans leadership met this weekend in Macon for their winter retreat, and they took another straw poll. This time, it was Sen. Marco Rubio with a commanding lead. The only other candidates to receive votes–in the single digits–were Gov. Jeb Bush, Gov. Chris Christie, and Sen. Rand Paul. No Trump, No Cruz. No Carson.

As with the August poll, the sample size was too small to be statistically significant. And the result this time kind of reminds us of these guys.

Meanwhile in Iowa, which will have its caucuses on Monday, Donald Trump leads the field, followed by Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, according to the Des Moines Register poll.

Trump stands at 28 percent, while rival Ted Cruz has slid to 23 percent. But there’s still a strong case for Cruz in this race — he’s more popular and respected than Trump, the final Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll shows.

“The drill-down shows, if anything, stronger alignment with Cruz than Trump, except for the horse race,” said J. Ann Selzer, the pollster for the Iowa Poll.

Mainstream Republicans, faced with seeing governors Jeb Bush and Chris Christie stalling and the grim reality looming of a victory by a smash-mouth game show host or an ultra-conservative obstructionist, have gravitated toward Marco Rubio. The young-looking, first-term U.S. senator from Florida is now at 15 percent. Still, Trump gets more of their support.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton maintains a small lead over Bernie Sanders. Discuss.


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