If two factors work in Donald Trump's favor, he could secure the Republican nomination for president, The Wall Street Journal is reporting.
The first factor is the number of voters who now say they are willing to consider voting for Trump, and second, is what will happen to Trump's support as the GOP field narrows.
In May, only 20 percent of Republican primary voters said that they could consider supporting Trump, according to survey by TargetPoint.
That number in August is now 54 percent.
By comparison, the number of GOP voters who say they can't see themselves supporting the billionaire real estate mogul has dropped from 51 percent in May to 33 percent in August.
The Journal notes that the numbers are similar to those of other candidates, such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio, showing that voters see them as a possible option to their favorite candidate.
In the latest poll
from Quinnipiac University, Trump was leading the field with 28 percent of the vote, but that means that almost seven-in-10 Republican voters support other candidates.
The other major question is whether voters will move into Trump's camp as other GOP candidates drop out of the race.
According to the Journal, the type of voters who support Trump also support retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
However, Carson and Cruz are currently polling well and aren't likely to drop out of the race anytime soon. This fact may help candidates other than Trump, the Journal notes.
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