Carly Fiorina’s strong performance in last week’s Republican debate has shot her into second place right behind Donald Trump.
According to a national poll conducted by CNN, Trump is still leading the race for winning the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. However, support for Trump has dwindled by 8 percent and is currently at 24 percent as opposed to 32 percent at the beginning of September.
Fiorina is currently standing strong at 15 percent support. This is a substantial rise from a mere 3 percent earlier this month.
CNN conducted the poll with 1,006 Americans between Sept. 17 and 19. Calculation of results involved taking into consideration an error margin of plus or minus 3 percent.
Fiorina is currently even ahead of neurosurgeon Ben Carson who is at 14 percent. However, her lead is within the error margin range. Florida senator, Marco Rubio, also showed a remarkable rise in support – up from 3 percent to 11 percent.
According to an NBC survey, over one-third of Republican voters believe that Fiorina’s performance in last Wednesday’s debate was the best and worthy of any sports website. However, Trump is still ahead of all other candidates being 17 percent “most presidential.”
Appearing in the “Today” show on Monday, Trump said about Fiorina that listening to her for more than five minutes would give anyone a headache.
Trump said, “If you listen to her speaking … she says the same thing over and over and over.” He added that her predilection for repeating sentences is almost “robotic.”
Fiorina made headlines in the debate for sharing the emotionally moving story of losing her stepdaughter to a drug overdose. She also made highly controversial claims with regards to undercover Planned Parenthood videos featuring fully formed aborted fetuses.
Fiorina dared Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to watch these tapes. She said, “Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.”
Fiorina told “People” that she was checking with her husband during each commercial break. He kept providing her with positive feedback and encouragement.
Fiorina said that she felt “satisfied” for being able to say everything she wanted to say and for making the most out of the opportunity.
According to the survey, overall, the scales are tipping in favor of the Republican Party. 65 percent Republican voters said that they are either “extremely” or “very” enthusiastic about voting in the 2016 presidential race in contrast to 51 percent democrat voters.