Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has surged to within striking distance of presidential opponent Donald Trump in the GOP race, while former Gov. Jeb Bush and Gov. Scott Walker have collapsed, according to a new New York Times poll.
23 percent of Republican primary voters nationwide say they back Carson, putting him just a few points below Donald Trump’s 27 percent.
No other GOP candidate is even close to the two outsiders. Jeb Bush, former Gov. Mike Huckabee and Sen. Marco Rubio are all tied with 6 percent, followed by Sen. Ted Cruz at 5 percent and Carly Fiorina at 4 percent. Sen. Lindsey Graham, Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Gov. George Pataki all have less than half a percent.
Carson’s surge has come primarily at the expense of Bush as well as Walker. Since the last New York Times poll in July, Carson has surged 17 percent, while Bush has dropped from 13 to 6 percent and Walker has imploded from 10 percent to a miserable 2 percent.
While Carson has been surging, he hasn’t been eating into Trump’s support, as Trump has also grown stronger since last July when he polled at 23 percent.
There’s ample room for voters to change their minds, though. Only 37 percent say their mind is made up.
The poll has a sample size of 376 Republican primary voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 6 percentage points.
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