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Donald Trump with double-digit lead among GOP presidential candidates: poll
Last Updated: 2015-08-05 07:11 | Xinhua
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U.S. billionaire Donald Trump has a double-digit lead over his next-closest competitor in the race for the country's GOP presidential nomination, according to a Fox News poll released on Tuesday.

Trump takes 26 percent support in the poll, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at 15 percent, the poll shows. A previous Fox poll in mid-July found Trump had only a small lead with 18 percent support over Bush's 14 percent.

It's the fourth poll in recent weeks to show Trump with a double-digit lead nationally. According to the RealClearPolitics average of polls on Monday, Trump leads the next closest contender, Bush, by 9.8 points.

Fox News is capping the first Republican presidential debate on Thursday with 10 candidates, based on national polling numbers. The media outlet hasn't disclosed which poll it will use, but it seems likely Fox would use its own.

That's good news for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Ohio Governor John Kasich, who have consistently finished in the top 10 in recent polls and appear to be well-positioned to nab the final two spots on the debate stage Thursday night.

Fox News is also hosting a forum earlier in the day for the candidates who don't make the prime-time debate cut.

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