After a less than impressive performance at the second GOP presidential debate, Donald Trumps opponents had hoped he would finally see his downfall begin.
But weeks after, he continues to maintain his lead in the national polls and now has officially established the lead in the first four primary states.
Having already commanded the lead in Iowa and New Hampshire for months, a new CNN poll reveals he controls South Carolina and Nevada by double digits.
In Nevada, which boasts the fourth early primary, Trump is pulling 38% among likely voters compared to Ben Carson’s 22%.
Similarly in South Carolina, Trump holds sway with 36% of likely voters compared to Carson’s 18% in the third early primary state.
The third GOP presidential debate, hosted by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado, is less than two weeks away and will focus on jobs and economic issues, likely to play into Trump’s reputation as a skilled businessman.