Businesswoman Carly Fiorina was widely credited as having the best performance among any of her 16 competitors at the first GOP presidential debates — despite the fact that she wasn't at the big prime time event.
Now, Washington Post writer Amber Phillips writes
, it looks like Fiorina did even better than was believed.
Fiorina may have been relegated to the "kiddie table," where the seven lower-ranked candidates participated at 5 p.m. before no live audience, but her stand-out performance at that low-key event has brought her up in the polls despite the fact she still is second-to-last in name recognition. That, Phillips says, means she still has room to grow.
Further, a Gallup poll showed she gained 20 points in favorability, more than any other candidate.
"If these early numbers are any indication, the sun has started shining on Fiorina," Phillips wrote.
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