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Poll: Trump leads GOP field by more than 2-1 margin nationally



Poll: Trump leads GOP field by more than 2-1 margin nationally



By Jonathan Easley for The Hill

Donald Trump holds a more than 2-to-1 advantage over the next closest GOP presidential contender in a new national poll.

According to the Monmouth University survey released on Wednesday, Trump leads the race with 36 percent support nationally. That’s down from 41 percent in the same survey from December, which had marked the highest point he’s reached so far.
 

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is a distant second place, taking 17 percent support — a 3-point gain over December.

The rest of the field is largely unchanged, with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in third place at 11 percent support, followed by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 8 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 5 percent.

No other candidate takes more than 3 percent support.

“These results suggest that the GOP race is fairly static on a national level,” said Monmouth polling director Patrick Murray. “We’ll have to wait and see if the Iowa and New Hampshire results shake things up.”

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