Carson bests Trump among Republicans in US poll

2015-10-27 19:59
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Washington - Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson pulled ahead of businessman Donald Trump in a national opinion poll for the first time on Tuesday, as political outsiders maintain the lead in a crowded field seeking the Republican Party's nomination for 2016 presidential elections.

A CBS News/New York Times poll found Carson with the support of 26% of Republicans, compared to 22% for Trump.

The difference is within the poll's margin of error of plus or minus 4% points. However, Carson has seen his support quadruple since August, CBS said.

The rest of the Republican field lags far behind. Florida Senator Marco Rubio is third with 8%, followed by former Florida governor Jeb Bush and former HP chief executive Carly Fiorina, both at 7%.

The crowded Republican field is set to participate in the party's third debate on Wednesday.

The first in a series of state-by-state primary contests will begin in February as Republicans and Democrats choose their candidates for the November 2016 general elections.

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