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Ben Carson Takes the Lead in Latest National 2016 GOP Poll

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In the ever-growing and shifting Republican presidential field, Ben Carson just scored a (mildly) significant victory. According to a national Monmouth University Poll of more than 1,000 adults conducted June 11-14 and released Monday, Carson is leading the pack of 16 possible candidates with 11%. That’s a four point increase since the same poll was taken two months ago.

Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) is a close second with 10%, followed by Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio with 9% each and Mike Huckabee with 8%. The rest of the coveted top 10 positions went to Rand Paul (6%), Ted Cruz (5%), Chris Christie (4%), Rick Perry (4%) and Rick Santorum (3%). Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, George Pataki and Donald Trump all fell below the top 10 cut-off that will ultimately be used by Fox News and CNN to determine who gets to participate in the top tier debates starting in August.

The poll came before Bush made his big announcement today, but even so, he, Rubio and the others can’t feel great about trailing the politically inexperienced Carson, even if it is only in this one poll. But while Rubio rose four points compared to his standing in the previous poll, Bush dropped four points.

In terms of favorability, Rubio led the group with 54%, compared to 50% for Huckabee, 45% for Carson, 42% for Walker and 40% for Bush. At the bottom of the heap, Sen. Graham ranked even lower than Donald Trump with 17%.

View the full results at monmouth.edu.

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