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A funny thing happened to Donald Trump after the controversy of his loud, public crass remarks aimed at Fox anchor Megyn Kelly: He’s still blowing the competition right out of the water.

A set of national polls conducted through online panels all show The Donald up, with some variation in the field directly below him — but all with strong showings for other anti-establishment candidates like Ben Carson and Ted Cruz as well — and a lousy time for the main establishment candidate Jeb Bush. In addition, Carly Fiorina seems to be doing quite well, benefiting from a wave of publicity after her impressive performance at the underdogs debate.

The NBC News/SurveyMonkey online poll released Sunday evening has Trump at 23 percent, Cruz with 13 percent, Carson at 11 percent, and 8 percent each for Fiorina and Marco Rubio. (Bush missed out on even the top five, getting 7 percent.) The poll was conducted Friday and Saturday.

Morning Consult has Trump at a whopping 32 percent, way ahead of Bush at 11 percent, Carson with 9 percent, and Rubio and Scott Walker with 6 percent each. The poll was conducted from Friday through Sunday.

The new Reuters/Ipsos poll has Trump with 24 percent among Republicans, Bush at 12 percent, and 8 percent each for Carson, Mike Huckabee, and Rubio. This poll was conducted from Thursday night, post-debate, through early Monday.

Another poll, conducted via phone by Democratic-aligned firm Public Policy Polling, has Trump ahead in the crucial early state of Iowa: Trump 19 percent, Carson and Walker at 12 percent each, Bush 11 percent, and Fiorina 10 percent. The poll was done Friday through Sunday.

Photo: U.S. presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump answers a question at the first official Republican candidates’ debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, in this file photo taken August 6, 2015. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder/Files)

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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