Fiorina Jumps to Top Tier in Iowa

(Joe Shearer/The Daily Nonpareil via AP)

A day after her campaign reported a strong surge in contributions following a stellar debate performance in Ohio, Carly Fiorina rocketed into the top tier of the GOP field in the first post-debate poll.

According to Public Policy Polling, Fiorina jumped from her 1% position prior to the “happy hour” debate, to 10% among Iowa voters to capture a fifth place position.

What’s more impressive — and perhaps even unprecedented — is that her favorability jumped fully 26 points in a matter of 24 hours.

What makes her meteoric rise after the debate different from similar phenomena in the 2012 primary — in which insurgent candidates were beaten back by Mitt Romney — is that attacks from her GOP opponents could backfire and threaten to rally women voters to her defense.