Trump closes in on Clinton in Republican race to White House

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  • Updated: Aug 19, 2015 23:49 IST

Donald Trump, the flashy real estate tycoon who has dominated the Republican race for the White House so far, continues to surge in polls much to the frustration of some in his own party.

After beating his contenders in polls in early primary states Iowa and New Hampshire, he is now emerging as a leading Republican contender when matched off against Hillary Clinton.

Clinton leads Trump by only 6%, in a CNN-ORC poll released on Wednesday, down from 15% in June (59%-43% then).

To Trump supporters’ delight, he is now tied with Republican party star Scott Walker, who also trails Clinton by 6%. She leads Jeb Bush by 9% and Carly Fiorina by 10%.

Trump’s rise, since he jumped into the race in June, has defied all standard rules of gravity in US politics, withstanding several close-calls that could have derailed any other campaign.

He has called illegal immigrants “rapists”, questioned Senator John McCain’s war-hero status, and used sexist comments in a public feud with a woman news anchor. Any one of those could have ended a campaign, ordinarily.

Trump has thrived, instead, to the annoyance of some leading Republicans and conservative pundits and experts, who have openly called from him to exit the race.

In the average of all polls compiled by Real Clear Politics, Trump leads the Republican race with 22%, twice the number polled by his nearest rival Jeb Bush, 10.7%.

Many of those who don’t see him as the eventual Republican candidate argue that candidates who emerge as frontrunners in these early stages don’t always last the distance.

Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain are often cited as good examples from the 2012 race. But neither had Trump’s billions or an organization, his supporters have pointe out.

Trump seems to be growing into the roll of a frontrunner. Criticized for running a campaign bereft of policy and vision, he unveiled his immigration plan on Monday.

As much else about Trump, his plan is dominating the debate — specially his proposal to end granting birthright citizenship to children born to those here in the US illegally.

The plan also puts on notice H-iB-dependent Indian companies by proposing to remove the wage-deferential that makes foreign workers cheaper, more cost-effective, than locals.

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