Donald Trump Is The Winner Of Third Republican Debate, According To Polls

Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C.

Donald Trump won the third GOP presidential debate, online polls have determined.

Online surveys from Time, The Drudge Report, and CNBC have all found that respondents overwhelmingly selected the real estate mogul as the clear winner of the Oct. 28 debate in Boulder, Colorado, reports the Hill.

“Thanks everyone — they all said I won the debate,” Trump tweeted shortly after the event, according to the Hill. “Even won the @CNBC poll!”

In the Drudge survey, Trump scored approximately 32 points higher than any other candidate, earning 54 percent, while runner up Ted Cruz scored 22 percent.

Marco Rubio came in third place, with 11 percent of respondents selecting him as the champion, while Rand Paul took fourth place with four percent, followed by Ben Carson with a slightly lower four percent.

Trump scored 46 percent approval from the Time poll, while Rubio took 20 percent and second place, followed by Paul with 8 percent and Cruz with 7 percent. Carson took fifth with 6 percent.

CNBC users also scored Trump at 46 percent, with Cruz trailing him with 20 percent. Third place went to Rubio with 15.4 percent, while Carson scored fourth place with four percent, followed by John Kasich with 3.5 percent.

Trump largely refrained from attacking rival Ben Carson, who beat him in recent Iowa polls but did not fare as well in last night's debate. Even so, the former reality star was as characteristically outspoken as ever and spent much of the debate criticizing CNBC moderator John Harwood.

When Harwood asked whether Trump was running a comic book version of a presidential campaign, the billionaire businessman answered, "It's not a comic book, and it's not a very nicely asked question the way you asked that," according to Newsday.

He also scored big when asked what his weakness as president would be.

"I think maybe my greatest weakness is that I trust people too much," he said, according to the Coloradoan. "I'm too trusting. And when they let me down, if they let me down, I never forgive. I find it very, very hard to forgive people that deceived me." 

Sources: The Hill, The Coloradoan, Newsday
Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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