The Consolidation Debate

Following a strong performance in the first Republican presidential debate, Nikki Haley holds a town hall with Rep. Ralph Norman and South Carolina Rep. Mike Neese in Indian Land, South Carolina, on August 28, 2023. (Photo by Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency /Getty Images)

Today we’re going to pretend that Wednesday night’s second Republican primary debate matters.

It won’t be easy. Have a look at the national polling since the first debate on August 23.

Trump’s lead, already north of 40 points when that debate was held, has grown a bit since.

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