Carson vaults into virtual tie with Trump, Clinton slides in latest polls
Ben Carson, the soft-spoken outsider candidate, has surged into a near-tie with Donald Trump in a new Republican presidential poll, as they head into the second 2016 primary debate.
The fresh numbers come as yet another survey shows Hillary Clinton's support eroding on the Democratic side, and rival Bernie Sanders steadily climbing.
In the Republican race, the New York Times/CBS News poll shows Carson rising to 23 percent, all the way from 6 percent in a survey taken before the kick-off Aug. 6 presidential debate. The same survey shows Trump with 27 percent.
Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, has caught fire in the polls in recent weeks, both nationally and in the lead-off caucus state of Iowa.
At a rally in Dallas Monday night, Trump mentioned the coverage that candidates like Carson and former HP exec Carly Fiorina are getting, but said, "nobody is going to be able to do the job that I am going to do."
While Trump and Carson have not clashed intensely on the campaign trail to this point, they did get in a dust-up last week over comments about faith.
Carson initially said he didn't get the impression that humility and "fear of the Lord" were important to Trump. Trump fired back, calling Carson just an "okay doctor."