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Iowa Poll: Cruz, Not Carson, Now Trump’s Chief Rival

There is a new kid on the Republican block. While Donald Trump still leads the pack, Ted Cruz has surged forward and replaced Ben Carson in second place.

Quinnipiac University released a new poll for Iowa on Tuesday. Trump garnered 25 percent of the support, while Cruz netted a respectable 23 percent. Carson dropped to third with 18 percent of the vote.

CNN reports:

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is in fourth place with 13% support — the only other candidate in double digits in Tuesday’s poll.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul are tied for fifth place at 5% each and Carly Fiorina at 3%. No other candidate tops 2%.

“Last month, we said it was Dr. Ben Carson’s turn in the spotlight. Today, the spotlight turns to Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. The Iowa Republican Caucus has become a two-tiered contest: Businessman Donald Trump and neurosurgeon Ben Carson lead on the outsider track, and Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio lead among party insiders,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll, in a release announcing the results.

“The other candidates will need miraculous comebacks to crack the top tier with slightly more than two months before the voting begins,” Brown said.

See the full story at CNN.

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