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GOP Voters Want an Outsider as President

This has been the year of the outsider in presidential politics, with establishment candidates struggling to compete with their inexperienced rivals.

Each of the six current or former Republican governors in the race (Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, George Pataki and Bobby Jindal) is getting less than 10 percent support in national polls of GOP voters. Two others, Scott Walker and Rick Perry, have already dropped out of the contest.

More than half of those surveyed favor either real-estate magnate Donald Trump or retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, neither of whom has previously sought public office.

The Hill noted that Christie and Huckabee have fallen so low in the polls that they are not eligible for the main event at the next candidates’ debate. They, along with Jindal, will be relegated to the “undercard” face-off that precedes the prime-time debate. Pataki did not qualify for either debate.

When the campaign began earlier this year, many political pundits predicted that Bush and Walker would be the front-runners. Despite amassing the most money in contributions, Bush has been placing fifth in the polls. Walker, who once led the field in Iowa, quickly lost traction.

“It’s been a route in favor of the senators and outsiders,” former Republican National Committee spokesman Doug Heye said, according to The Hill. Polls show Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz in third and fourth place, more than 10 percentage points behind Carson and Trump.

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