Raleigh, N.C.- PPP’s latest poll of voters across America finds that the Republican primary race has become a virtual dead heat between five or six candidates. Rand Paul sits ahead of the field at 16%, his highest numbers since April, and the first time he has held sole possession of first place. Behind him are Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and Paul Ryan, all at 13%. This is a slight drop for Bush and Christie, who last month had both led with 15%. Just after that is Ted Cruz with 12%, a huge increase from 7% in May. Rounding out the frontrunners is Marco Rubio, who continues to slide in the polls, pulling in 10%. This is less than half of the 21% of the vote he received back in April.
“The trend in the Republican primary field is pretty clear,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are up and Marco Rubio is down.”