Donald Trump Commands Lead Over GOP Rivals in Fox News’ First Post-Debate Poll

Real estate mogul is 13 points ahead of closest competitor, even after controversial comments about Megyn Kelly

Last Updated: August 17, 2015 @ 9:46 AM

Donald Trump is still leading the pack of Republican presidential candidates, according to a new Fox News poll.

Even after courting controversy yet again with his Megyn Kelly “blood” comments, the network’s first poll following the debate a few weeks ago shows the real estate mogul attracting 25 percent of those surveyed, which is 13 points ahead of runner-up, Dr. Ben Carson.

Trump’s share of voter approval has actually strengthened from the network’s previous poll, in which he garnered support from 23 percent of those surveyed.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz is at 10 percent; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush attracted 9 percent; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tied at 6 percent, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina rose up to a 5 percent; Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio drew 4 percent, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 4 percent, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul tied at 3 percent.

Trump’s polling lead comes even as the same poll shows many voters think he had the worst debate performance among Republican candidates.

He is off the campaign trail on Monday as he serves his Jury Duty, but the frontrunner had himself  a strong weekend in Iowa after giving helicopter rides to children and bashing Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Iraqi “crooks.”

And on Sunday, Trump sat down for a wide-ranging interview with “Meet the Press'” Chuck Todd, where he revealed more of his immigration policy, calling for undocumented immigrants “have to go home.”

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