When Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz selected Carly Fiorina as his running mate, he believed it would help boost his visibility and electoral chances. Unfortunately for the Texas senator, new polling data suggest the exact opposite may be true.
According to a new poll conducted by Morning Consult, Fiorina is hurting Cruz’s chances more than she is helping them. Twenty-two percent of registered voters who responded to the poll said they were less likely to vote for Cruz with Fiorina as his vice president, while 18 percent said they were more likely. Even bigger, however, is the fact that Fiorina mostly doesn’t seem to be registering with voters at all. Cruz’s naming of Fiorina was met with complete apathy by 60 percent of the 3,940 respondents, who said they didn’t know or thought she would have no impact on their votes. Thirty-six percent of those polled said they didn’t know who Fiorina is or had no opinion about her, despite her own run for the GOP nomination earlier in this election cycle.
Among Republicans, the choice of Fiorina had very little impact, according to the poll: Twenty-five percent of GOP voters who responded said they would now be more likely to vote for Cruz, while 24 percent said they would be less likely.
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Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard CEO, was the first running mate to be named by a Republican candidate prior to the GOP convention since Ronald Reagan, then California governor, did so in 1976. Reagan, who ultimately lost to sitting President Gerald Ford, selected Sen. Richard Schweiker of Pennsylvania.
For his part, current Republican front-runner Donald Trump believes Cruz will meet the same fate. “I think it’s a waste of time, honestly,” the New York businessman said during a Fox News town hall event. “I just think it’s so early in the process — first you have to get the nomination.” Trump leads Cruz 996-565 in the delegate count and holds a substantial lead both in the crucial Indiana primary race and in overall nationwide polling.
h/t: The Hill
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