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Carly Fiorina might just might be emerging as the GOP’s alternative to Donald Trump, according to the new Morning Consult poll — but The Donald is still way ahead.

The big news for Fiorina in the poll, which was conducted among Republican voters who watched Wednesday night’s debate, is that 29 percent said she was the winner. Another 24 percent of respondents said that Trump was the winner. All the other candidates were in single digits on this question — meaning that Fiorina was the only one to truly steal some attention away from The Donald, though Trump is still maintaining his overall position.

In the electoral horse race itself, though, Trump is in first place with 36 percent — actually a small increase from his 33 percent support in last week’s poll. Ben Carson is at 12 percent, down from 17 percent. And Fiorina is at 10 percent, up from 3 percent last time.

As the graph shows, the most obvious shift in voters appears to be away from Carson and over to Fiorina, in the race to be the alternative to Trump.

In addition, Marco Rubio is at 9 percent, Ted Cruz 7 percent, and Chris Christie and Jeb Bush have 6 percent each. The graph also clearly illustrates the steady decline of the frontrunner Bush.

Photo: Donald Trump talks with Carly Fiorina after the conclusion of the debate. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson. Graph via Morning Consult.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Just over year before her untimely death on Friday, the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared as a guest lecturer for the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, AR with National Public Radio correspondent Nina Totenberg. The crowd that signed up to see "Notorious RBG" live was so large that the event had to be moved to a major sports arena – and they weren't disappointed by the wide-ranging, hour-long interview.

Witty, charming, brilliant, principled, Ginsburg represented the very best of American liberalism and modern feminism. Listen to her and you'll feel even more deeply what former President Bill Clinton says in his poignant introduction: "Only one of us in this room appointed her…but all of us hope that she will stay on that court forever."