Good, bad, or indifferent, Donald Trump still leads in the polls. According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 27 percent of likely GOP primary voters support Trump.
And who’s right behind Trump? Dr. Ben Carson occupied that place for months, but things have changed.
Sen. Ted Cruz is now in second place with 22 percent, and Sen. Marco Rubio is third with 15 percent of likely GOP primary voters’ support. An excerpt:
Cruz’s rise and Carson’s fall aren’t happenstance, the poll found: Among “very conservative” voters, Carson has dropped 23% while Cruz has risen 23% since late October.
It’s not the only evidence of Cruz’s momentum: A Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa poll shows Cruz surging to a 10-point lead over Trump in the first state to vote in the presidential nominating process.
Those four are the only Republican 2016 contenders polling in double digits. They’re trailed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 7% and Carly Fiorina at 5% — with no other Republicans higher than 3%.