Political Prediction Market: Trump leads GOP pack after debate

Story highlights

  • Donald Trump is back to single-handedly holding the top spot for the Republican nomination on CNN's Political Prediction Market
  • Before last night's Republican debate, Trump was tied for the top spot with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, while Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was in the third spot with 27%

Washington (CNN)Donald Trump is back to single-handedly holding the top spot for the Republican nomination on CNN's Political Prediction Market.

Before last night's Republican debate, Trump was tied for the top spot with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, while Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was in the third spot with 27%.
Immediately after the debate, Trump, Cruz and Rubio were tied for the top spot with 30% odds to win the nomination until Friday, when Trump jumped to the top spot with the highest percentage he's ever had in the Political Prediction Market.
Now, Trump is at 36%, while Cruz is at 30% and Rubio is at 23%.
CNN's Political Prediction Market is a game administered by a company called Pivit that factors in polls and other elements into its data, as well as allows Internet users to predict outcomes of the 2016 election. It's not to be confused with polls from real voters.
Fox Business Network hosted the first Republican debate of 2016 on Thursday, and Trump and Cruz engaged each other directly over questions about Cruz's Canadian birth and his criticism of Trump's "New York values."
Rubio, meanwhile, started off strong but then failed to stand out within his Republican competitors throughout the course of the debate.
In a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday before the debate, Trump held the top spot with Republican voters nationwide with 33%, followed by Cruz, who had 20%
CNN's Political Prediction Market also shows that Democrats still hold the lead for winning the general election, with chances for a Democrat to win the White House at 60%, with Republicans receiving 40%.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' chances for the Democratic nomination continue to slowly increase, with his odds at 22%, but Hillary Clinton remains the clear front-runner in the Prediction Market at 78%.