The latest Des Moines Register poll has Cruz setting records by gaining record 21 points and leading Trump 31%-21%. Carson is at 13%, followed by Rubio (10%) and Jeb at 6%.
The rise of Cruz is backed up by a Fox News poll of Iowa that found Cruz edging Trump 28%-26% with Rubio third at 13%. Carson was fourth at 10%, and Jeb was tied for fifth with Paul at 5%.
It is not a surprise that the same state Republicans who gave Rick Santorum the win in 2012 would end their flirtation with Trump and come back to Cruz. Cruz has been working hard on the ground lining up the state’s evangelical voters. The same evangelical crowd that flirted with Cain and Bachmann before settling on Santorum in 2012 have danced with Carson and Trump before maybe settling on Cruz in 2016.
Cruz and Trump atop the Republican field is a dream come true for Democrats. None of the top three candidates in Iowa can win a general election matchup against Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.
The Republican field couldn’t be looking better for Democrats. In many ways, the divisive and disliked Cruz would be easier for Democrats to run against than Trump. Cruz has the government shutdown and record as long as your arm of statements that could lose a general election.
The rise of Cruz is an early Xmas present for Democrats as Republicans voters have embraced the spirit of giving by trying to gift four more years in the White House to the Democratic nominee.