- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Billionaire businessman Donald Trump retains his lead in the race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination in a new poll, with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson close behind and the rest of the field well back.

Mr. Trump had the support of 27 percent of Republican primary voters in the CBS News/New York Times poll, up 3 points from early August.

Mr. Carson, meanwhile, was at 23 percent — a 17-point jump from early August.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida were in a tie for third at 6 percent.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was at 5 percent, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina was at 4 percent, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky were at 3 percent each, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was at 2 percent.

Mr. Walker and Bush lost the most support compared to early August. Mr. Walker fell 8 points, from 10 percent, and Mr. Bush fell 7 points, from 13 percent.

Ms. Fiorina, meanwhile, had less than half a percent in the last poll, and support for Mr. Kasich went up 2 points, from 1 percent.

The national survey was conducted Sept. 9-13 among a random sample of 1,261 adults, including 1,021 registered voters. It includes a sample of 376 GOP primary voters, with a margin of error of 6 percentage points for that group.

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