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Debate stage: Voters like Bush, Rubio. A lot don't like Trump

WASHINGTON Republicans like Jeb Bush. And a lot really don't like Donald Trump. More than half find Trump a distraction from the primary process, not a serious candidate. With the first Republican presidential debate to be held Thursday, a new McClatchy-Marist poll finds that a majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents view Bush favorably. Large numbers also like Marco Rubio and Mike Huckabee, far more than dislike them. But nearly half dislike Trump, suggesting that the billionaire businessman who leads national Republican polls will have a hard time reaching those hostile voters and attracting more supporters, while several others have room to surge. The debate...

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