A brand new USA Today/Suffolk national poll shows good news for Ted Cruz and bad news for Ben Carson.
The poll shows Trump getting 27% support, Cruz 17%, Rubio 16%, and Carson coming in a distant 4th place at 10% with the next highest candidate, Bush coming in at 4%.
The poll marks the highest number Cruz has polled in any national poll since entering the race, and only the second poll he has been in second place.
Conversely, the poll shows the lowest number that Carson has polled in any national poll since mid August, as Carson had been averaging in the low to mid 20s since. Carson had been holding onto 2nd place since early August, and even took the lead in two polls in late October and early November. But Carson dropped to a tie with Cruz for 3rd place at the end of November, and now has dropped a distant 4th place in this USA Today/Suffolk poll, and has also dropped to 4th place on the Real Clear Politics average which currently has the top four – Trump 29.3, Cruz 15.5, Rubio 14.8, and Carson 13.8 Cruz’s surge and Carson’s decline can be seen in the graph above with Cruz in the black line and Carson in the red.
The numbers for Rubio and Trump in the USA Today/Suffolk poll show little change from other polling.
Cruz has also seen a strong surge in Iowa and holds a 5 point lead over Trump (24 – 19) in the latest Iowa poll which was conducted by Monmouth University. A new PPP poll in North Carolina also shows Cruz surging to an all time high for the state at 16% and in 2nd place, with Carson having dropped to 14% to tie Rubio for 3rd place. Carson had been in the lead with 31% in the most recent prior NC poll, with Cruz at 10%. Similarly, the latest South Carolina poll shows Cruz having surged to a high of 16% and in 2nd place, while Carson has dropped to 14%, his lowest since early August.
By Javan Browder, Managing Editor – Conservative Fifty Dot Com