Poll: Trump tops Carson by double digits in Nevada, South Carolina
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP lawmakers preparing to vote on bill allowing migrant children to be detained longer than 20 days: report Wasserman Schultz: Infants separated from their parents are in Florida immigrant shelters Ex-White House ethics chief: Sarah Sanders tweet violates ethics laws MORE is holding double-digit leads over Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonOn The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump floats tariffs on European cars | Nikki Haley slams UN report on US poverty | Will tax law help GOP? It's a mystery Press: Drain the swamp – of Scott Pruitt An ode to fathers MORE in the early-voting states of Nevada and South Carolina, according to a CNN/ORC poll released on Wednesday.

The GOP White House front-runner has 36-percent support from Republican voters in South Carolina, the third state to vote in the presidential primary. He is followed by retired neurosurgeon Carson with 18 percent support, Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio heckled by protestors outside immigration detention facility Bill to protect work licenses of student loan debtors is welcome development Political figures pay tribute to Charles Krauthammer MORE (Fla.) at 9 percent, former business executive Carly Fiorina at 7 percent, and former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.) with 6 percent support.

In Nevada, the fourth state to vote, Trump garners 38-percent support, followed by Carson at 22 percent, Fiorina with 8-percent support, Rubio with 7 percent, and Bush with 6-percent support.

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The poll will be a welcome sign for the Trump campaign, which has seen his rivals begin to catch up in Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two states on the presidential calendar.

The poll also comes as other national surveys show Carson cutting into Trump's lead overall. But the bigwig billionaire still holds double-digit leads over the fast-rising Carson by 16 points in Nevada and 18 points in South Carolina. In both states, they are well ahead of the pack, with the third-place finisher below 10-percent support.

The poll highlights Trump’s popularity among voters when it comes to the economy, immigration and electability.

Sixty-seven percent of respondents in Nevada and 59 percent in South Carolina say the real estate mogul is the best man to handle the economy, which was the top issue for voters in both states.

When asked which candidate would do best on illegal immigration, 55 percent in Nevada and 51 percent in South Carolina chose Trump.

And nearly half of respondents in each state, 47 percent in Nevada and 44 percent in South Carolina, said Trump is the most electable candidate in the GOP field.

Trump also takes the highly coveted white, evangelical vote in South Carolina, which made up two-thirds of its 2012 primary vote, by a 32- to 24-percent margin over Carson.

The CNN/ORC poll surveyed 521 likely Republican voters in South Carolina and 285 in Nevada from Oct. 3 to Oct. 10. The margin of error in South Carolina is 4.5 percent and 6 percent in Nevada.