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Carson Soars Into the Lead in GOP Race

Donald Trump can no longer boast he is No. 1 in the polls, as two recent national surveys indicate that Ben Carson has surpassed him in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination.

The latest poll, by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News, came out on Monday. It showed Carson on top with 29 percent, followed by Trump at 23 percent. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, bolstered by a strong performance in the last debate, climbed to third place at 11 percent. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz got the backing of 10 percent of the respondents.

Jeb Bush was fifth at 8 percent, down from 22 percent in June. Many political pundits considered the former Florida governor the favorite when the campaign began earlier this year. Instead, GOP voters are backing outsiders like Carson and Trump who have never held public office.

The Hill noted that until the last two polls were released, Trump was the clear front-runner. He had won every national survey for more than 100 days, confounding critics who predicted his success would be short-lived.

A poll that NBC News conducted before the most recent debate found Trump still in the lead with 25 percent support, three points ahead of Carson.

The network’s latest poll featured telephone interviews with 400 Republicans considered likely to vote in the primaries. The margin of error reportedly was 4.9 percent.

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