THE ELITE EIGHT
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.