- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Ohio Gov. John Kasich dropped to 1 percent each in the new Fox News poll released Tuesday evening, as the GOP field continues to crystallize and a handful of candidates persevere.

Businessman Donald J. Trump held onto his lead with 24 percent support of likely GOP primary voters, slightly down from the 26 percent he held about 20 days ago in the same poll. But retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is now nipping at his heels with 23 percent support, up from 18 percent last month.

Sen. Ted Cruz is third with 10 percent, followed by Sen. Marco Rubio at 9 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 8 percent.

Businesswoman Carly Fiorina’s ascent has halted, meanwhile, and she slid to sixth place with 5 percent, tied with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and down 4 percentage points from where she was in September’s Fox poll.

On the Democratic side Hillary Rodham Clinton is still the dominant figure, though at 45 percent she’s still way below her stratospheric levels among Democratic primary voters earlier this year. Sen. Bernard Sanders garners 25 percent support, and Vice President Joseph R. Biden, who has not announced a bid, holds 19 percent.

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