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Dr. Ben Carson’s place as the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination continues to take shape among voters as a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll places him at the top spot. Yes, he has topped Donald Trump.
NBC News reports that Carson’s 29 percent showing in the poll marks the highest percentage obtained by any GOP candidate so far.
Carson’s ranking at the top of the NBC/WSJ poll isn’t the first list where he’s triumphed over his competition. A New York Times/CBS poll released last week shows Carson with the top position in the national GOP contest, NBC News mentioned, adding that its poll was conducted Oct. 25-29, before and after CNBC hosted last week’s third Republican presidential debate.
Prior to the third debate, Trump was the party’s frontrunner in October with 25 percent. Carson trailed with 22 percent, followed by Rubio at 13 percent, Cruz at 9 percent and Bush at 8 percent.
Carson’s status as the GOP presidential hopeful to beat is further enhanced by him becoming the first GOP candidate in the NBC/WSJ poll to get majority support as either a first or second choice among Republican primary voters.
The findings show the retired neurosurgeon being picked by a combined 50 percent of GOP voters as either their first or second choice in the GOP presidential race. Trump comes behind with 35 percent, while Rubio collects 24 percent and Cruz gets 23 percent.
For Democratic pollster Fred Yang, Carson’s showing means he “has broad support, but we don’t know yet the depth and commitment of that support.”
“It doesn’t mean it is enduring,” Republican pollster Bill McInturff adds while pointing out to NBC News that it’s still worth noting that a majority of Republicans pick Carson as either their first or second choice.