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The Breitbart Primary Expands: New Contenders, Shifting Positions

The last two weeks have shaken up the Republican presidential race, with Governor Rick Perry (R-TX), Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL), and Donald Trump jumping in. Meanwhile, on the Democratic side of the aisle, presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton has been losing ground to socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VA) amid her campaign relaunch.

The shifts in the race have been changing the dynamics of the Breitbart Primary. As of this writing, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) clocks in at 30%, Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) comes in second at 23%, and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) trails with 13% of the vote. Dr. Ben Carson (7%) and Perry (5%) round out the top five.

Undoubtedly, the late developments in the race will begin impacting the Breitbart Primary as well. After a viral campaign launch announcement speech that drew the attention and scorn from the media and enthusiasm from many in the conservative base, Donald Trump proceeded to run off the rails by jokingly endorsing Oprah Winfrey as a possible vice presidential candidate. Meanwhile, Cruz endorsed Obamatrade, a hot-button issue for many on the right [UPDATE: but he has since dramatically reversed his stance], and ripped Republicans from fleeing the religious freedom fight; Rand Paul opposed Obamatrade and proposed a 14.5% flat tax; Jeb Bush announced his campaign in professional fashion, all while endorsing his soft-on-illegal-immigration position; Scott Walker jumped into a substantial Iowa poll lead; Perry drew plaudits for his newest campaign launch.

The Breitbart Primary allows voters to choose between a myriad of announced and unannounced Republican candidates. Breitbart News publishes the poll results once per month, then resets to allow voters to recalibrate based on the news cycle. As Breitbart Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow states, “Our goal is to amplify–and quantify–the voices of our informed and engaged audience as the 2016 run for the White House unfolds.”

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