Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina was relegated to the kid’s table debate when the first GOP forum featuring the top ten leaders in national polling came to Cleveland in early August.

More than a month later, after cracking the starting lineup last Wednesday for the second big Republican debate, this one held at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA, Carly Fiorina, the only woman among the 16 active presidential hopefuls, had her breakout performance.

Enter Fiorina, Assassin To Trump, Clinton

Standing for three hours in 3-inch heels, Fiorina, who was dubbed “Carly Scissorhands” when working at Lucent for firing many workers, acted like an assassin as she hunted poll-leader Donald Trump, the bombastic billionaire who had openly criticized her on her looks but called her “beautiful” in the debate.

Fiorina promises to do the same to Hillary Clinton, should Fiorina by some set of miraculous circumstances find herself on the GOP ticket with Clinton on the Democratic ticket next year. Symbolic to some degree, Fiorina stood next to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who barely made it into the prime-time lineup on August 6 in Cleveland.

In a new national CNN/ORC poll released Sunday, the woman of steel who despite her stature towered over all the other candidates in her zeal to knockout Trump, now finds herself in second place next to Donald Trump. The poll conducted interviews with 1,006 adult Americans on September 17 – 19, 2015. The margin of sampling error for results based on the total sample is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Donald Trumps rating has doubled from 12 percent in June to 24 percent today. Fiorina’s rise has been downright spectacular, rising from one percent in June to 15 percent today. Ben Carson, another candidate like Fiorina who has never held public office, is third at 14 percent, a six-point increase from his June poll numbers.

Kasich Tops Out At 2%

Meanwhile, while Fiorina and Carson are on the rise, Ohio’s hard-right governor pawning himself off as a so-called “moderate” has actually seen his low number go down, from three percent in June to two percent today. John Kasich now ranks second to the bottom, with former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum being the bottom at one percent. Penultimate to the bottom, Gov. Kasich, whose performance was mediocre at best last Wednesday, nonetheless outshines others who registered a zero, including Jim Gilmore, Bobby Jindal, Lyndsay Graham, Bobby Jindal, George Pataki, Scott Walker and Rick Perry, who dropped out last week.

In the contest for who survey participants’ would choose second, Trump, Fiorina and Carson again lead the league with others like Mr. Kasich at 2 percent following far behind.

When asked this question, “Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you think did the best job in Wednesday night’s,” Fiorina out-distanced the others by a considerable margin. Feisty, confident and heat-seeking, Carly Fiorina won the night with a 52 percent rating by poll participants. Gov. Kasich was again among the bottom-dwellers at just two percent.

A sliver of good news for Ohio’s CEO governor, who’s pawning himself off as “the plainspoken, pragmatic” candidate, is that only one percent thought he did the worst job, compared to 31 percent who picked Donald Trump for that honor.

On other questions about which candidate can best handle the economy, illegal immigration, foreign policy or social issues such as abortion of same-sex marriage, Ohio’s term-limited governor does no better than two percent.

Ohio Media Loves John Kasich

Ohio media follows former congressman and Wall Street banker John Kasich like his shadow, boosting him at every turn. Despite his known reputation for churlish, prickly and sometimes jerky behavior, Buckeye reporters present the twitchy-faced governor as a candidate on the rise. After spending big bucks [$4 million] in a small state, New Hampshire, where he’s bet the ranch on finishing no lower than third when voting happens there next February 1, Ohio’s 63-year old governor has made a dent in GOP polling there.

But as the CNN/ORC poll released today shows, John Kasich’s kumbaya strategy to be the positive, upbeat governor who rises above politics to solve problems isn’t reaping the wind. His campaign, built on tired and largely false narratives, seems indistinguishable from the campaign of Kasich’s chief establishment rival, Jeb! Bush, who despite a mountain of cash can’t even get into double digits.