Ben Carson has seized the national lead from Donald Trump in a new poll, in a development sure to force the billionaire businessman to modify his well-polished campaign stump boast that he’s “leading every poll.”
Released ahead of Wednesday’s third Republican presidential primary debate,the CBS News/New York Times Poll showed Carson leading nationally with 26 percent, to Trump’s 22 percent.
The survey follows a string of Iowa polls that showed the retired neurosurgeon pulling ahead in the first-in-the-nation caucus state. Trump, who had led the field nationally and in key states since the summer, has tried to downplay the results but on Tuesday acknowledged Carson is gaining momentum.
“Ben Carson is now doing well,” Trump said in an interview Tuesday morning on MSNBC.
At the same time, Trump has made clear he plans to challenge Carson at Wednesday’s primary debate as the two battle for the top spot.
Trump previously called Carson “low energy” and questioned his immigration stance. On Tuesday, he predicted Carson would have to deal with more scrutiny from all directions.
He continued to tout his own numbers and support.
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