Dr. Ben Carson has rocketed to the top of a new poll of Iowa Republicans, and the retired neurosurgeon-turned-politician is now tied with Donald Trump as front runner for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
The Monmouth University Poll ranked Carson and Trump each with 23 percent of the vote, followed by former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina with 10 percent, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas with 9 percent, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with 7 percent.
Next are former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 5 percent, Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 4 percent, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida with 4 percent, and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky with 3 percent.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum rounded out the poll with 2 percent apiece. None of the other six GOP candidates registered more than 1 percent.
The results mark the first time since July 26 that a poll in any of the first four nominating states has not shown Trump with a nominal lead.
“These results mark a significant shake-up in the leaderboard from Monmouth’s Iowa poll taken before the first debate,” Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch, N.J., said in a statement.
“Carson and, to a lesser extent, Fiorina have surged, while Walker has faded into the background.”
Last month, Walker was the front runner in Iowa, with Trump and Carson trailing. But Walker’s support has now plummeted by a whopping 15 percent, while Carson’s has increased by 15 points. Trump has added 10 points to his score.
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