2016 Election, Ben Carson, Donald Trump, Elections, NewsEdge

Carson closes gap on Trump in Iowa polling


Sept. 07– Donald Trump is maintaining strong polling numbers in the GOP presidential primary race, while two other non-establishment candidates are seeing big gains.

downloadAccording to an NBC/Marist poll released yesterday, Trump now holds a 16-point lead in New Hampshire with 28 percent, followed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 12 percent, neurosurgeon Ben Carson with 11 percent, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 8 percent and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina with 6 percent.

But in Iowa, the poll shows a surge of support for Carson and Fiorina — after Fiorina failed to crack the top 10 to qualify for last month’s first prime-time GOP debate.

Trump leads with 29 percent in Iowa, but Carson has closed in on his lead with 22 percent. Bush drew 6 percent while Fiorina,Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are in a three-way tie for fourth place with 5 percent each.

In a Monmouth University poll released last week, Trump and Carson tied with 23 percent of the support each from Iowa caucus-goers. Fiorina placed third with 10 percent.

Last week, in hypothetical head-to-head matchups against Hillary Clinton, polls showed Trump, Carson and Fiorina all in virtual dead heats with the former secretary of state.

A Public Policy Polling survey released last week showed Carson tied with Clinton at 44 percent in a general election matchup. Trump and Fiorina are also in a dead heat with Clinton, each trailing her by two points in a general election matchup, within the poll’s 3 percent margin of error.

On the Democratic side, the latest NBC/Marist poll also has Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders with a 9-point lead over Clinton among New Hampshire voters, besting Clinton with 41 percent to her 32 percent.


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