Poll: Republicans Think Newly Loyal Trump Will Be Nominee

Donald Trump's decision to rule out a third party run has led a record percentage of Republican voters into thinking he will be the GOP nominee, according to the latest installment of Rasmussen Report's "Trump Change."

Friday's report shows a slight majority of American voters believe the outspoken billionaire will continue to prevail all the way through the Republican National Convention next July, where the GOP nominee will be selected. Among Republican voters, 66 percent think Trump will be their party's nominee and 26 percent consider it "very likely."

Previous results indicate that the number of Republicans anticipating a Trump nomination has grown rapidly in recent weeks: up 7 percentage points since last Friday, 10 points since the week before that, and nearly 40 points since Rasmussen first asked voters about the billionaire's chances when he announced his candidacy in mid-June.

Republican strategist Ford O'Connell says the impressive jump between last week's results and Friday's report is likely due to Trump's long-awaited commitment to the Republican Party.

"Signing the pledge in a manner befitting only of Trump can only help him and right now he is standing on top of the world," O'Connell told the Washington Examiner, adding that the real estate mogul "is no longer just a shiny object for the media."

"Trump has shown far more durability as a candidate than anyone could have imagined, including the Donald himself, [and] he is, in fact, a credible threat to win the 2016 Republican presidential nomination," O'Connell said.

Read more from Gabby Morrongiello at The Washington Examiner

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