- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Businessman and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has raced out to a double-digit lead in North Carolina, increasing his support by 8 points since last month, according to a survey released Wednesday.

Among the 2016 GOP field, Mr. Trump was first at 24 percent in the survey from the Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling, followed by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 14 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 13 percent.

“Rather than seeing his support fall apart following the debate Donald Trump has just gotten stronger,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling.

Mr. Trump led among moderates, conservative voters, men, women, younger voters, middle aged voters and seniors alike, the firm said.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was at 10 percent, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida was at 9 percent, and businesswoman Carly Fiorina, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker were at 6 percent apiece.

Mr. Carson and Mr. Cruz also increased their support since last month; Mr. Carson’s numbers increased 5 points, from 9 percent, and Mr. Cruz’s ticked up 4 points, from 6 percent.

Meanwhile, support for Mr. Walker slipped 6 points, from 12 percent, and support for Mr. Huckabee fell 5 points, from 11 percent.

Support for Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky dropped 4 points, from 7 percent to 3 percent, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s support fell 3 points, from 5 percent to 2 percent.

The survey conducted Aug. 12-16 included 406 Republican primary voters, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percent for that group.

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