by Stephen Bloshuk

Donald Trump’s good graces with the rank-and-file members of the Republican Party may finally be running out.

Trump’s performance in September 16’s presidential debate has caused him to lose a sizeable portion of his rapport within the Republican Party. A recent poll by CNN has seen his voter support slip from 32 percent to 24 percent of Republicans across the nation.

This heavy blow to Trump’s popularity, however, was not dealt by the debate alone. Of the eleven candidates who participated, none stood out to viewers and the press more than Texas’ Carly Fiorina. Fiorina’s success has been attributed to a combination of several tactics, including her calm and warm demeanor.

Fiorina’s success in the debate has undoubtedly revitalized her campaign. In the same poll that saw Trump’s popularity decrease, Fiorina’s popularity in the Republican Party has skyrocketed from 3 percent to 15

percent of the Republican vote.

Donald Trump may still lead in the Republican Party, but Fiorina’s quickly rising popularity may significantly hamper his chances of winning the nomination. At this point in the race, it will become even more important for Donald Trump to be mindful of what he says; if he continues to unapologetically offend the public, he risks losing his chance to lead our nation to the better and brighter future that he envisions.