Trump loses lead to Carson in latest national poll

Ben Carson Leads Donald Trump in New Poll on Eve of GOP Debate
Ben Carson Leads Donald Trump in New Poll on Eve of GOP Debate

After months atop the leaderboard, Donald Trump has lost his GOP frontrunner status according to a national CBS News/New York Times poll.

Ben Carson, a former groundbreaking neurosurgeon, has taken the lead from Trump in the survey of Republican primary voters, garnering 26 percent of the vote to Trump's 22 percent.

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Marco Rubio is far behind in third place with only eight percent of GOP primary voters naming him their preferred pick, just ahead of Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina who each won seven percent support.

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Carson's ascendence to the top of the Republican field comes after a series of polls showing him beating Trump in the key early voting state of Iowa, which plays a significant role in deciding which candidate goes on to win the party's nomination.

Another new poll released this week found Carson taking a double digital lead over Trump in Iowa. According to the Monmouth University survey, Carson now leads Trump 32 percent to 18 percent among likely Republican Iowa voters.

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