GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump‘s campaign staff already had a rough Sunday dealing with the news talk shows, but got some news later that wouldn’t make the night any easier.
A poll of senior and near-senior citizens rating the performances of all 17 GOP presidential candidates who debated on Thursday gave the win to former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.
“The Donald” came in third, behind Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
The Association of Mature American Citizens, an organization made up of conservatives age 50 and above, asked “Who do you think did the best in the Republican Debates?” and received over 18,000 online responses.
Fiorina nabbed 36 percent of the votes, with Cruz garnering less than half of hers, placing at 17 percent. Trump came in at 14 percent for the show.
The Fiorina team was delighted with the results — why wouldn’t it be?
“For those of us who know Carly, her dominating performance was no surprise,” Anna Epstein, press secretary for Fiorina’s campaign told TheBlaze in an interview.
“With the lowest name ID in the field, it’s important to keep introducing her to voters and letting them see that she is a true conservative ready to challenge the status quo. So we’ll keep traveling the country, meeting voters, and answering their questions.”
The poll results have to be especially welcome after a telephone interview Sunday when Trump dismissed Fiorina to CNN’s Jake Tapper.
“Carly Fiorina, yeah, OK, give me a break,” Trump scoffed.
The Association of Mature American Citizens’ president, Dan Weber, said he was surprised at the results.
“It is surprising that Carly was the candidate of choice for many seniors even though she was not on the main stage during the second debate,” Weber said in a statement to TheBlaze. “That says something about what voters will be looking for this election.”
“Seniors are looking for a young, principled, energetic candidate,” he said. “Carly obviously struck a sweet spot with politically engaged seniors during the first debate.”
The bottom seven candidates each failed to garner enough votes to round out to anything above zero percent.
They include Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey with 54 votes, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry with 48 votes, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal with 37 votes, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum with 17 votes, former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore with 13 votes and former New York Gov. George Patacki with 11 votes.
Bringing up the rear was South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham who picked up 9 votes.
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