(FixThisNation.com) – Former President Donald Trump has stood behind his decision to not attend the first GOP primary debate, however, the signs are pointing out that he is unlikely to be able to continue avoiding the debate stage for the rest of his campaign.
While Trump has indicated in the past that he does not intend to attend any of the debates because he is currently leading the Republican primary race by a large margin, and advisers have stated that if he attended the next primary debate in California, it would be a surprise, the polling from after the debate show a different reality.
Alex Conant, who had worked in the 2016 presidential campaign of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) argued that not joining the presidential debate is risky and that the reason why it worked with the first debate is because all of the candidates spent their time attacking one another. As there was no clear winner, Trump won the debate by default.
An Emerson College poll found that following the debate only 50 percent of Republican primary voters were going to be voting for Trump. Prior to the debate, 56 percent of GOP primary voters had stated they were going to support the former President.
However, many of the other Republican candidates have been shown to have increased support after the presidential debate, including Governor Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley. However, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy saw his support go from 10 to 9 percent, despite 27 percent of respondents claiming that he had won the debate.
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