Poll: Ben Carson Takes the Lead by Six Points, Donald Trump in Second Place

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GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson leads Donald Trump in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll by six points, 29 percent to 23 percent.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) came in third with 11 percent. Fourth place went to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) with 10 percent, and fifth place was taken by Jeb Bush with 8 percent.

Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, and Chris Christie came in with three percent. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) had two percent.

Jim Gilmore, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and George Pataki all registered under one perent.

NBC News’s Carrie Dann posted on Twitter, “Carson at 29% is highest percentage for any GOP candidate this cycle. He hits FIFTY if you combine 1st & 2nd choice.”

NBC News reported, “If past polling has been about Trump leading the GOP field, “then this survey is about Dr. Ben Carson, who is currently the man to beat for the Republicans,” says Democratic pollster Fred Yang, whose firm Hart Research Associates conducted this survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff.”

The poll was conducted from October 25th to the 29th—before and after the third GOP debate hosted by CNBC—and had a plus or minus margin of error of 4.9 percent.


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