There’s good news for Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, according to a Monmouth University poll released Monday; the GOP frontrunner gained his biggest lead nationally with 41% support.
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The latest report found the billionaire businessman is widening his lead in the race for the Republican nomination, up by 13 percentage points since mid-October. Ted Cruz is in second place with 14% followed by Marco Rubio at 10%, and in third place is Ben Carson with 9%.
The other 10 candidates came in with single digits, including Jeb Bush and John Kasich with 3% and Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul holding 2% each.
In another national poll from NBC/WSJ released Sunday, Trump has risen to a new high with 27%, while Cruz leaped to second place with 22%, up from 10% in late October. Ben Carson’s support meanwhile has plummeted to 11% from 29%.
However, in the early primary voting state of Iowa, Texas Senator Cruz has overtaken the Donald’s top candidate status, according to the Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll. The survey, released over the weekend, shows Cruz is number one with 31% support from Iowa GOP caucus goers, up from 21 points. Trump comes in second place with 21%, Carson with 13%, Marco Rubio with 10% and Jeb Bush with 6%.
Trump took to Twitter to deny the poll, calling it “biased”:
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New CNN Iowa poll --- Trump 33, Cruz 20. Everyone else way down! Don't trust Des Moines Register poll- biased towards Trump!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2015
The Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll, which surveyed 400 likely Republican caucus goers, was conducted Dec. 7-10 by Selzer & Co. of Des Moines. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.
In a Fox News Poll released Sunday, Senator Cruz took a small lead in the Hawkeye state over Donald Trump. Cruz garnered 28% support compared to Trump’s 26% among likely GOP Iowa caucus-goers. Rubio came in third with 13% and Carson, the Iowa front-runner back in October, placed fourth with 10%.
On Fox News Sunday, Trump called Cruz “a bit of a maniac” who would never get anything done if he were commander-in-chief. The freshman senator later responded to Trump with a cleaver tweet without engaging in a war of words:
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 13, 2015
The 14 Republican contenders will go head to head on Tuesday night for the fifth GOP presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada.