Two new polls in Iowa show pro-life Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson now leading the race for the GOP nomination in the very first state to cast ballots early next year. The survey has pro-life businessman Donald Trump slipping from the lead to second place.
The Des Moines Register newspaper, which conducted the poll, shows Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, is the favorite choice for 28 percent — 9 percentage points ahead of Trump’s 19 percent. Senator Ted Cruz comes in third at 10 percent followed by Marco Rubio at 9 percent and Jeb Bush and Rand Paul at 5 percent each with Carly Fiorina at 4 percent. They all take pro-life positions on abortion as well.
Carson’s support has jumped 10 percentage points since the last Iowa Poll in August, and Trump’s has fallen 4 points. This shift to a new pack leader is a thunderclap in the Republican presidential race.
Asked which candidate they’d like to see drop out of the race, if anyone, more caucusgoers (25 percent) name Trump than any of his 14 rivals. And among both moderates and caucusgoers ages 44 or under, 36 percent would like him to quit, noted J. Ann Selzer, the pollster for the Iowa Poll.
Moving up into third place in the Iowa horse race is Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, at 10 percent support.