Four months of Power Rankings have shown the Republicans presidential field to be remarkably stable.
When we launched this feature Sept. 1 — asking 30 or so political experts who is the strongest candidate in the GOP field each week — the top five were Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz.
As the year comes to a close, in the 18th week of our survey, the top five are Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie and Jeb Bush.
Trump remains at the top of our list, where he has been all but five weeks of the survey. Carson took the top spot in late October but could not hold it even a second week; Carly Fiorina held first place for two weeks at the end of September but quickly faded; Cruz was No. 1 two weeks ago and remains Trump's closest challenger as the year ends.Read the rest of the story HERE, view a related video, and follow links to past weeks below:
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