Chalk up another poll win for Donald Trump over his GOP opponents.
Trump continued to rise above his GOP rivals, leading in a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Sunday morning.
According to the poll of Republican primary voters, Trump leads with 19 percent, followed by 15 percent for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and 14 percent for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
The poll was conducted July 26-30, after Trump's public feud with Sen John McCain. Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio led the last NBC/WSJ poll
, taken in June.
Here are the poll results:
- Donald Trump - 19 percent
- Scott Walker - 15 percent
- Jeb Bush - 14 percent
- Ben Carson - 10 percent
- Ted Cruz - 9 percent
- Mike Huckabee - 6 percent
- Rand Paul - 6 percent
- Marco Rubio - 5 percent
- Chris Christie - 3 percent
- John Kasich - 3 percent
- Rick Perry - 3 percent
- Bobby Jindal - 1 percent
- Rick Santorum - 1 percent
- Less than 1 percent: Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, Jim Gilmore
The NBC/WSJ poll could help determine who will be on the state Thursday during the first GOP debate.
Under rules laid down by debate host Fox News and backed by the Republican National Committee, only the 10 top-polling candidates will share the prime-time stage. But which polls Fox News executives will use is unclear.
NBC News projects
that of the three candidates – Christie, Perry and Kasich -- tied for the 10th spot, Perry will miss the cut.
Trump's lead in the NBC/WSJ poll is the latest in a series of poll wins for the billionaire developer.
In a Reuters/Ipsos poll released last week
, Trump had a commanding lead with the support of 25 percent, a double-digit advantage over Bush with 12 percent.
Trump leads polls in Arizona and New Hampshire and places second to Walker in Iowa.
Fox News relaxed one criteria this week, removing a requirement that its debate for the low-pollers have at least 1 percent support in polling. This will allow all the announced candidates to participate.
A Fox spokeswoman had no comment on the selection process.
RNC chief strategist Sean Spicer wrote in a Wall Street Journal opinion article this week that the "Republican Party suffers from an abundance of riches" and that a way has been found for all to get some debate time.
"Is the arrangement perfect? No. It is, however, the most inclusive setup in history," he wrote.
Fox News has yet to identify the five polls to be considered in choosing the top 10. A flood of new polls are expected in coming days as news organizations and polling organizations seek to have a say in the process.
The identities of the top 10 are to be released publicly late on Tuesday afternoon.
Fiorina said whatever happens, she will fight on. She noted that previous presidents like Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan had been written off at early stages of their candidacies.
Those in danger of being cut are trying to raise their visibility enough to push their poll numbers higher. Many are doing TV interviews to make their case.
"You only need a bump of a couple of points and you get in. That's the absurdity of this thing," said Larry Sabato, political analyst at the University of Virginia.
Material from Reuters was used in this report.
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