Donald Trump is pulling clear of the competition

August 18, 2015, 2:08 PM UTC
Presidential Candidate Donald Trump Tours U.S. Border In Texas
LAREDO, TEXAS - JULY 23: Republican Presidential candidate and business mogul Donald Trump talks to the media at a press conference during his trip to the border on July 23, 2015 in Laredo, Texas. Trump's recent comments, calling some immigrants from Mexico as drug traffickers and rapists, have stirred up reactions on both sides of the aisle. Although fellow Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has denounced Trump's comments and his campaign in general, U.S. Senator from Texas Ted-Cruz has so far refused to bash his fellow Republican nominee. (Photo by Matthew Busch/Getty Images)
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Against all odds, businessman-turned-candidate Donald Trump is continuing to put distance between himself and the competition in the latest poll for the Republican presidential nomination, reports CNN.

The most recent polling data from the news outlet puts Trump’s support among Republican voters at 24%, more than double that of his closest rival, currently Jeb Bush at 11%. Fellow non-politician Carly Fiorina, formerly the head of Hewlett-Packard, is coming in at 5%, while retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is polling at 9%.

Trump has made major hay with the issue of illegal immigration. Earlier this week he released a detailed position paper of his plans to attack the issue, calling for the deportation of illegal immigrants, the building of a security fence along the southern border of the U.S., among other ideas.

In addition to leading the national polls, Trump is currently leading in both the key early caucus/primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

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