Poll: Ben Carson Leads Donald Trump Nationally

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WASHINGTON —

Ben Carson is ahead of Donald Trump in the Republican presidential race, a new national poll shows.

The retired neurosurgeon has 29 percent support compared to Trump’s 23 percent, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey released Monday night.

The two are followed by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 11 percent, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at 10 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 8 percent.

Others are much farther behind: former tech CEO Carly Fiorina, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are each at 3 percent support, while Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is at 2 percent.

The poll surveyed 400 likely GOP primary voters between October 25-29, which means its results include responses that came both before and after the October 28 debate on CNBC. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

A CBS/New York Times poll released last week also found Carson ahead of Trump, knocking the real estate mogul off the first-place perch for the first time in months.

A Monmouth University poll of New Hampshire Republican voters released Monday found that Trump — while off the lead nationally — is still the front-runner in that key early voting state, with 26 percent support to Carson’s 16 percent, with Rubio in third at 13 percent.