Huntsman Will Make the Next Debate After All

Huntsman Will Make the Next Debate After All

Huntsman Will Make the Next Debate After All

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Sept. 28 2011 6:40 PM

Huntsman Will Make the Next Debate After All

Fox News releases its new survey of the race. With trends, from August:

Mitt Romney - 23% (+1)
Rick Perry - 19% (-10)
Herman Cain - 17% (+11)
Newt Gingrich - 11% (+8)
Ron Paul - 6% (-2)
Jon Huntsman - 4% (+3)
Michele Bachmann - 3% (-5)
Rick Santorum - 3% (-1)
Gary Johnson - N/A
Buddy Roemer - N/A

The biggest immediate impact of this poll: It guarantees Jon Huntsman's slot in the CNN debate. Recall that all the network requires for inclusion is an average of 2 percent in three polls. Four plus one plus one divided by three equals: Two. He's safe. So, that mini-drama is over.

I'm not overly surprised that Newt Gingrich has been able to ride his media-bashing and 90 percent plus name recognition to roughly the same poll numbers he had six months ago. Cain's bounce is a bigger surprise, one that other polls haven't shown.

Meanwhile, Fox pours antifreeze on two stories that have been burning up the airwaves on... well, on Fox.

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A serious question: Why do Republican keep travelling to New York to kiss Donald Trump's ring, when voters have come to the conclusion that he's a monosyllabic lightweight with nothing to say about politics?

David Weigel is a reporter for the Washington Post.