For the first time in many months, the GOP has a new front-runner in the presidential primary race: Dr. Ben Carson.
The latest New York Times/CBS poll has Carson taking the lead from Donald Trump garnering 26 percent to 22 percent of registered Republican voters. The lead falls within the margin of error of 6 percent.
The results are a reversal from last month in the Times/CBS poll, which had Trump at 27 percent and Carson at 23.
No other candidate registers in double digits in the new poll. The next three after the two leaders are Sen. Marco Rubio at 8 percent, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina each at 7 percent.
The poll also finds that a majority of Republican primary voters have not made up their minds regarding who they will support. Seven in 10 indicated it was too early to say for certain who they would vote for, with just 28 percent reporting their minds were made up.
“Carson has made gains across many key Republican groups. In a reversal from earlier this month, he is now ahead of Trump among women and is running neck and neck with him among men. Carson’s support among evangelicals has risen and he now leads Trump by more than 20 points with this group,” according to CBS News.
The former neuro-surgeon performs well among conservative Republicans who identify as Tea Partiers, while Trump does better among those who identify themselves as moderates.
The Real Clear Politics (RCP) average of polls shows Trump with nearly a six point lead nationwide in the GOP race. The businessman also maintains a significant lead in the first in the nation primary state of New Hampshire, with a RCP lead of 15 points.
BCN editor’s note: This article first appeared at Western Journalism.