The latest polls are in, and it’s looking more and more certain. Despite media backlash, billionaire presidential candidate Donald Trump has mastered politics like he did business, and seems to be running away with the Republican nomination.
According to the latest poll from CNN, Trump has double the support of his nearest presidential rival, and is sitting at 39 percent among likely Republican voters. That’s up 3 percent since the last CNN poll, and represents twice the support of his nearest competitor Ted Cruz, who is at 18 percent.
Trump’s support is especially impressive given the crowded GOP field that voters have to choose from.
The latest Reuters poll paints an even rosier picture, giving Trump more than 36 percent support, which is triple his nearest rival.
Many attribute this success to Trump’s tough stances on immigration and national security, which have resonated with voters.
But Trump’s business experience has also been a huge asset for his campaign. He’s proven to be the master of the deal — any deal.
The political novice’s use of corporate resources — his own and others — to run his campaign is virtually unprecedented. When Trump’s campaign needs event space, they are often able to talk private businesses into providing it for free.
Trump’s personal brand is fused with his business, but he’s not the first candidate in this position. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and past presidential contender Steve Forbes both run companies bearing their name.
But the combination of Trump’s business experience — and his bombastic personality — is quickly becoming too much for other GOP candidates to overcome.
The Associated Press contributed to this article