For decades now we have continued the trend of beginning our presidential campaigns earlier and earlier. This cycle, the campaign essentially began immediately after Obama won reelection, when Hillary Clinton stepped down as Secretary of State. With these earlier kickoffs, we are left with longer and longer periods of time when people are running for president but no one is casting any votes. With that, shit just gets weirder and weirder.
Clearly, this election cycle has been no different.
Donald Trump has stolen the spotlight and, subsequently, everyone else — including Hillary — has seemingly crashed in the polls. Well, in yet another interesting turn, a new CBS poll out today shows Carson closing quickly on Trump. CNN writes:
Republican voters nationwide continue to back Trump in large numbers, climbing from 23% support in the last CBS poll, conducted before the Fox News debate last month, to 27% in the poll out Tuesday. But Carson rocketed in that same period from 6% to 23%.
The polls seem to change weekly, yet we’re still four and a half months away from the first primary, the February 1st Iowa caucuses. With only one debate under the candidates’ belts and over a third of a year until the voting begins, we expect the polls to continue to bounce around.
It is worth noting, however, that these early polls do have real consequences. Texas Governor Rick Perry, who famously added glasses to his look to aid his presidential bid, has terminated his campaign due to horrendous poll numbers. And Trump, with his seemingly invincible rise, has earned the heavily coveted endorsement of the stable, trustworthy, and undoubtedly genius Gary Busey.
— contrary to ordinary (@aGuyFromTX) September 15, 2015
CNN hosts the second Republican Presidential Debate tomorrow night, and it’s expected to be a doozy. Trump has already stirred the pot, calling last week for CNN to donate all profits from the debate to various Veterans groups. He believes he is positioned to make this call with this flawless logic, which he wrote in a letter to the cable news station.
“While I refuse to brag, and as you know very well, this tremendous increase in viewer interest and advertising is due 100% to ‘Donald J. Trump.”
The debate kicks off at 8pm ET tomorrow night.