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New WSJ/NBC Poll Released — and a Candidate Has Catapulted Past Donald Trump to the Top Spot


Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson catapulted to the top spot in a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Monday evening.

29 percent of 400 registered Republicans chose Carson as their top pick among the Republican presidential field. Donald Trump, who has been the frontrunner for months, earned 23 percent of support.

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According to the Wall Street Journal, this was the first poll it conducted with NBC News that showed a candidate other than Trump leading the GOP field. Last week, a New York Times/CBS Poll also showed Carson polling higher than the real estate tycoon.

In third was Florida Sen. Marco Rubio with 11 percent of support. He was followed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz who captured 10 percent.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush came in fifth with eight percent. Tied for sixth place at three percent was businesswoman Carly Fiorina, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and N.J. Gov. Chris Christie. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul followed with two percent of support.

The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percent.

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