And the candidate Deez Nuts is moving up the ranks as well.
Deez Nuts could give Donald Trump a run for his money in U.S. presidential race - Trending - CBC News
9% in North Carolina, 8% in Iowa.
We've still got over a year to go - front runners this early usually flame out when the race starts to get serious. For Trump to keep up this momentum until November 2016, his policies to be taken seriously (many of which he hasn't even revealed, other than that fantasy of "We'll build a wall and make Mexico pay for it"), is unlikely and would be nothing short of miraculous if he did.
In 2008, McCain was practically polling at 3% around this time of the year, and he eventually became the nominee, same for Romney (not sure of what his percentage was, but he certainly wasn't a leader). The Republican establishment would be out of their mind if they let Trump be the candidate - someone with little history of loyalty to the party, prone to saying a lot of stupid shit ("I'd scare the Pope!") and risk their future with any growth in voter groups like the Latino vote, women and anyone else that Trump will upset (they'll be more) from now until November 2016.
I still honestly think that Trump is trying to do something like Sarah Palin - get some kind of a SuperPAC in place and get a guaranteed yearly income fleecing idiots that think if they contribute, that Trump will make a serious run at the White House. He doesn't really need it like Palin does, but it would be another source of income.