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Trump, Carson Atop GOP Pack in New Polls

Donald Trump and Ben Carson are still the top Republican candidates, according to two new polls.

In a CNN/ORC poll, Trump received 27 percent of the vote, Carson 22 percent, while a Wall Street Journal/NBC sampling had Trump with 25 percent to Carson’s 22 percent.

The Hill reports:

Trump said early Tuesday that he is not surprised Carson is his fiercest opponent in the race for next year’s Republican presidential nomination.

“We’re not as different as people think,” Trump said of Carson on CNN’s “New Day.” “I have great assets and he has great assets.

“I’m in first place and he’s in second place,” Trump told host Alisyn Camerota. “There’s no question that we’re both resonating.”

Trump refused speculation on whether he and Carson could team up for a Republican ticket in the 2016 general election.

“I like him, he likes me [and] stranger things have happened,” he said. “[But] it’s too early to tell.”

Both polls released early Tuesday show that no one else in the GOP’s crowded 2016 presidential field registers more than 15 percent support from Republican voters nationwide.Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is alone in third place in the latest WSJ/NBC News sampling with 13 percent. He ties with former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) for third in the new CNN/ORC survey, with each candidate receiving 8 percent voter support.

CNN/ORC conducted its latest survey among 465 registered Republicans and Republican-leaning independents during phone interviews Oct. 14 to Oct. 17. It has a 4.5-percent margin of error.WSJ/NBC News, meanwhile, surveyed 400 Republicans who plan on voting in their party’s primaries from Oct. 15 to Oct. 18. It has a 4.9 percent margin of error.

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