Has Donald Trump peaked? While The Donald is still the frontrunner of the GOP presidential race in a new Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday, his lead has shrunk and his momentum appears to have stalled. The support he registered this month (25 percent) is statistically unchanged from his lead in last month's survey (28 percent).
As Trump's momentum stalls, his competition is picking up speed. Ben Carson snagged second in the Quinnipiac poll with 17 percent, jumping five points from last month, and Carly Fiorina came in third at 12 percent, a seven-point leap. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio also saw slight bumps in their support.
Trump's failure to gain ground this month is one of many reasons that some think the summer of Trump may end with the beginning of fall. As Politico points out, Trump has been "taking longer to shake off controversial remarks" in the last week and "delivering relatively subdued performances during interviews and campaign appearances." While he held steady in the Quinnipiac poll, in a CNN/ORC survey released Sunday, Trump saw his support drop by eight points.
"It’s been a very long summer," a strategist at a rival campaign told Politico. "It’s been a deluge of 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Donald Trump … When you reach that point of oversaturation, which I believe Trump is at right now, you only start to go down."