Carson Leads Trump by Double Digits in North Carolina

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The Associated Press
Washington, D.C.

Presidential candidate Ben Carson has a 12 point lead over Donald Trump in North Carolina, according to a new poll from Elon University.

The two candidates are polling closely nationwide, but in North Carolina Carson has 31 percent of the support of Republican-leaning voters, followed by Donald Trump at 19 percent.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) are tied with 9.7 percent. Former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL) is in fifth place with 4.6 percent.

Poll participants were asked who would they support if their first choice for president dropped out of the race. Carson, again, leads as the top choice in the follow-up question. After Carson, voters chose Donald Trump by 14.4 percent and then Senator Rubio with 13.6 percent. Senator Cruz was chosen by 9.4 percent as their back-up choice and five percent chose Jeb as their second choice.

The poll was conducted from October 29 to November 2, 2015. The overall margin of error is 3.04 percentage points. The poll included 1,234 participants. Of these respondents, 1,040 said they were registered to vote and planned on voting in the presidential primary in North Carolina next year.