The fiscally conservative Club for Growth is claiming credit for two new polls that show Donald TrumpDonald TrumpWould Aretha Franklin perform at Trump inauguration? ‘Good question.’ Ryan: Dakota pipeline pause is ‘big-government decision-making at its worst’ Ivanka was finalizing Japanese business deal at time of Trump, Abe meeting: report MORE falling out of first place in Iowa.
The Club’s super-PAC, Club for Growth Action, has spent $1 million on ads in Iowa hitting Trump on his past support for universal healthcare, bank bailouts and raising taxes on the wealthy, as well as his current support for eminent domain.
“Two days, and two more polls with the same message that Club for Growth Action reported on Oct. 6: Donald Trump lost his lead in Iowa,” Club for Growth President David McIntosh said in a statement on Friday.
A Bloomberg Politics-Des Moines Register poll released on Friday found Ben Carson surging in Iowa, taking 28 percent support to Trump's 19 percent. That’s a 10-point gain for Carson and a four-point drop for Trump.
That poll comes on the heels of a Quinnipiac University survey released on Thursday that found Carson taking a 28 to 20 lead over Trump in the Hawkeye State.
The Club noted that those polls confirmed the finding of their super-PAC’s poll, released in early October, that had Carson taking a 21 to 16 lead over Trump in Iowa.
Until this week, Trump had led in every major poll of Iowa since late July, except for one, which found him and Carson in a tie.
Trump and the Club for Growth have been publicly warring with each other.
The Club has vowed to expose Trump’s “extremely liberal positions on taxes, health care, bailouts, and property rights.”
Trump, meanwhile, has threatened a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the “pitiful little group.” His lawyers have sent a cease-and-desist letter to the group over their ads.
The Club says it plans to expand its advertising offensive against Trump in Iowa and other states later this month.
The Club has been equally critical of Carson, calling his positions on healthcare “straight out of the left’s playbook” and saying he would not be a “pro-growth” president.