Donald Trump Will Be GOP Nominee, Majority of Republicans Think

New Rasmussen poll finds 57 percent of likely party voters think billionaire will advance to general election

A majority of Republicans believe Donald Trump will be the GOP’s presidential nominee in 2016, according to a new poll.

A survey by Rasmussen found 57 percent of party voters think Trump will likely advance to the general election, while 25 percent thought it was “very likely.”

Those numbers are dramatically higher than two months ago, when 27 percent of voters said it was likely, while only 9 percent said it was very likely.

But Trump still has a few more people to convince. At least 42 percent of likely Republican voters still think Trump won’t be the party’s nominee, while 9 percent think it’s very unlikely.

Trump has jumped to the top of the polls since throwing his hat into the 2016 presidential race in June.

A recent CNN/ORC poll shows Trump leading the GOP field. His gains have provided enough boost to make him competitive in the general election, with Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton ahead of the real estate mogul by just 6 points.

The billionaire turned politician has also been drawing large crowds at events throughout the country.

His next appearance, in Alabama on Friday, had to be moved because of greater-than-expected attendance. The event is now being held at the 43,000-seat Ladd-Peebles Stadium, instead of the previously scheduled Civic Center, which can accommodate 4,000 people.