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A new poll shows Ben Carson has 29% support nationally compared to 23% for Donald Trump

It's the second national GOP poll showing Carson knocking Trump out of the lead

Washington CNN —  

Ben Carson is ahead of Donald Trump in the Republican presidential race, a new national poll shows.

The retired neurosurgeon has 29% support compared to Trump’s 23%, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey released Monday night.

The two are followed by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 11%, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at 10% and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 8%.

Others are much farther behind: former tech CEO Carly Fiorina, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are each at 3% support, while Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is at 2%.

The poll surveyed 400 likely GOP primary voters between October 25-29, which means its results include responses that came both before and after the October 28 debate on CNBC. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

A CBS/New York Times poll released last week also found Carson ahead of Trump, knocking the real estate mogul off the first-place perch for the first time in months.

A Monmouth University poll of New Hampshire Republican voters released Monday found that Trump – while off the lead nationally – is still the front-runner in that key early voting state, with 26% support to Carson’s 16%, with Rubio in third at 13%.