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Post-Debate CNN Poll Shows Trump on Top — and This Newcomer to Politics in the Number Two Slot

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Republican presidential candidates arrive on stage for the Republican presidential debate on August 6, 2015 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. From left are: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; real estate magnate Donald Trump; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul; and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

A new post-debate CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday shows Trump nab the top spot in Iowa, followed in second place by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

The poll, which surveyed likely Republican Iowa caucus goers, had Trump firmly in the number one slot with 22 percent of the vote. Carson followed with 14 percent.

Republican presidential candidates arrive on stage for the Republican presidential debate on August 6, 2015 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

In third was Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with nine percent of the vote, barely besting Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with eight percent.

Following in fifth place was former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina who most pundits say clearly won last week's debate.

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Huckabee, Bush, Paul, Rubio and Christie filed out the remaining slots in the top 10.

The poll had a sampling error of plus or minus four points, according to CNN. It was conducted by telephone by ORC International on August 7-11.

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