A stunning new poll shows the first major hole in billionaire-turned-presidential-candidate Donald Trump’s armor. For the first time in months, Trump is no longer ahead in Iowa. He now shares the lead with Ben Carson, with business executive Carly Fiorina gaining fast.
The Monmouth University Poll of likely Iowa Republican caucus goers finds Carson and Trump in a statistical. This marks the first time since July 26 that a poll in any of the first four nominating states has not shown Trump with a nominal lead.
When Iowa Republicans are asked who they would support in their local caucus, Carson and Trump each pulled in 23%. The next tier of candidates includes Carly Fiorina (10%) and Ted Cruz (9%), followed by Scott Walker (7%), Jeb Bush (5%), John Kasich (4%), Marco Rubio (4%), and Rand Paul (3%).
The last two Iowa caucus victors, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, each garner 2% of the vote. None of the other six candidates included in the poll register more than 1% support.
“These results mark a significant shake-up in the leaderboard from Monmouth’s Iowa poll taken before the first debate,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch, NJ.