Donald Trump Continues to Surge in the Polls Despite Recent Controversies

ABC's Deputy Political Director Shushannah Walshe analyzes Donald Trump's continued rise in the polls and looks ahead to Saturday's ABC News Democratic debate.
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Welcome back the final GOP debate of the air is history the Democrats will debate on Saturday. Leading 46 days until the Iowa caucus. So joining us to talk about the state of the race is ABC's deputy political director she Sean Walsh is Shawna welcome. More. Doubled from the latest polling does that does that Simmons and ABC poll. They came out recently dues was very interesting we'll that'd say it. Really is interesting because it shows Donald Trump winning by such a wide margin. 38%. The next Africa is Ted Cruz with 15%. Then it Marco Rubio with 12% certain that we have is willing wide margin also entrusting. Is that his Muslim van comments that were so controversial. It shows that with the Republican voters from the base the party. It didn't hurt him one bit so this means do we believe that Donald Trump could possibly be the GOP nominee. I think. Deathly could possibly be and he's got absolutely. Hasn't fallen in any polls instead he's has the widest margin of any pull 171036. Months ago so I think that I as the party leader for so long. Of course is a possibility that that he'll be the nominee. The rays who wore him against another that scene. Vs him against just one out double one two of the people and old us of the votes have come less somewhere else that's the big question has been that's why he could grateful down I think. Right when it peaked when the voters have less of a choice of course it will narrow and that's overseeing all these different kinds liens of the Republican price of other. Other candidates Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz into nice to be really saw them go out each other because they were present different leans of the Republican Party and alternative to trump but there weren't really any candidates that took trump on except for Jeb Bush. Heat who is really the low in the polls. He really went after home to talk from tonight's try to make again to think he had an impact because he was a when he walked in with a huge wart chats when it comes to money does he still have a chance in office. I think that he did the best tonight that he has in any debate and that he was reeling. The only candidates don't trump on head to head I still think that he has a large health declined. It's of the race he called verdict is inexplicable explaining apps to as to when. You get these big moments like trump told him about Muslims you know a lot of common good signal that they are now says has show it rule. And that will hurt alternately but instead it's the I think bonds sick of this I had though does Saturday's debate that the Democrats what Katie C news debate yes they ABC's debate what can we expect. So I think that. Really Hillary Clinton's gonna wanna look like the front runner nationally that she is hand and to position herself towards eternal election. But of course there is still that primer before an aunt. In New Hampshire where are debate fees if Bernie Sanders is leaving him there and an Iowa the first caucus state. He and calls it Hillary Clinton is leading but sleep is only behind by about ten points or south. Does he have a route does he actually have. It's a realistic incredible route bunny send this to the democratic nomination. I think at this point it's difficult to see him hanging Hillary Clinton but we can't ignored boos pulled especially New Hampshire which is. The first primary state where he's leaving a lot to watch her thanks is she shadow Wallace standing next that's just get a ton.

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