Real estate mogul Donald Trump remains the front-runner in the Republican presidential field, while former neurosurgeon Ben Carson holds a close second place, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows.
With the backing of 25 percent of Republican primary voters, Trump is at his highest level of support in the poll since entering the 2016 race. Carson now gets the support of 22 percent of Republican voters, remaining within the margin of error of his first-place rival. Last month, 21 percent of GOP primary voters said Trump was their first choice for the party’s nomination, while 20 percent picked Carson.
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is in third place, getting support from 13 percent of GOP voters, while Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas (at 9 percent, up four points since last month ) and Jeb Bush (at 8 percent, up one point since last month) are in fourth and fifth place, respectively.