Following the initial two GOP presidential debates, ex-Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who didn’t even qualify to participate in the first main debate, is showing rising popularity in the early polls. As she fights to catch up with Republican front-runner Donald Trump, her more moderate stance on immigration reform could help her win over the much sought-after Latino vote and give her a leg up on her fellow GOP candidates.
“Carly Fiorina had a great opportunity tonight,” David Axelrod, CNN’s senior political analyst, said in a statement. “I think she took full advantage of it – she is going to move up in the polls as a result.”
And she has. A recent CNN poll shows that Fiorina has leapfrogged Ben Carson into second place behind Donald Trump in the party race for presidential nominee. She currently leads Carson by 1 percent, but trails Trump by 9 percent.
Her views on immigration are more moderate than her Republican counterparts. She has maintained that the border needs to be better secured and that employer verification is necessary, but also that undocumented immigrants could potentially see a pathway to legal status in this country one day.