"They always flirt with the bad boys and marry the safe guys. Jeb will be declared dead 10 times, and then he'll win the nomination."
"Jeb Bush is still the front-runner, but Walker is a close second."
"He's among the top echelon but not yet the front-runner, which he should not want to be at this point."
"Jeb is still the front-runner. Walker is the conservative du jour."
"Way too early and the field way too crowded for any true front-runner."
Q: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has been surging in our Presidential Power Rankings. Should he be considered the GOP front-runner?
REPUBLICANS (87 VOTES)
Yes: 24%No: 76%
"He's a credible, fresh face in a crowded field. It would be a miracle if he leads wire to wire."
"But a temporary one—we'll see where he stands once the sugar high wears off."
"He now has a target on his back, and it is a long way until the election."
"Yes, he is the front-runner-of-the-month. Seldom does anyone stay there."
"Jeb is the front-runner until the first debate."
"He is in the top tier, but the front-runner at this stage is defined by financial support and organization, so it is Jeb Bush."
"A front-runner, not the front-runner. The GOP has two races going: one in the establishment half of the party, the other in the reform half. Bush leads in the establishment. At least for a nanosecond, Walker leads among reformers."
"Get a grip, folks. It wasn't like Walker delivered 'A Time for Choosing' in Iowa. It was one speech."
"He has the buzz factor right now, but until he passes other tests, like fundraising and handling the media glare, he isn't the front-runner. Top tier, yes, but not the front-runner."
"If he's still in the hunt in August, he'll be a front-runner. Current numbers just reflect news coverage. The latest new thing."
"It is too early to pick a front-runner when no one dominates like in past cycles."
"Recent stumbles in the press underscore the fact [that] he has a long way to go before earning front-runner status."
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