THE ELITE EIGHT

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

The Weekly Stan­dard has con­ducted its own pres­i­den­tial poll of its learned read­ers to re­veal that Sen. Marco Ru­bio is the first choice with 21 per­cent of the sup­port, fol­lowed by Don­ald Trump (15 per­cent), Sen. Ted Cruz (15 per­cent), Carly Fio­r­ina (12 per­cent), Ben Car­son (11 per­cent), Gov. Scott Walker, Gov. John Ka­sich (7 per­cent) and Jeb Bush (4 per­cent). The other nine GOP hope­fuls did not break above the 1 per­cent mark.

When asked for their sec­ond and ei­ther third choice in can­di­dates, the same eight de­signees ap­peared all over again, with some vari­a­tions.

“I’m go­ing to claim (why not?) that the re­sults are a sug­ges­tive lead­ing in­di­ca­tor of where the GOP race may be go­ing,” says editor Wil­liam Kris­tol. “What to con­clude? An Elite Eight seems to have emerged. Some­one else could come from far be­hind or en­ter the race late — but it would seem likely one of these eight con­tenders listed above will be the nom­i­nee.” And they could be head­ing to­wards a “fi­nal four,” he adds.

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