Carson closes in on Trump in new poll
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Ben Carson is getting close to ending Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE’s reign atop the GOP polls, climbing to within 1 point of the business mogul and reality TV star in a new survey.

According to a Fox News poll released on Tuesday, Trump remains in the lead in the race for the party's nomination, with 24 percent support nationally, but Carson is a close behind at 23 percent.

Carson has been in second place behind only Trump in the last three Fox News polls, but has been gaining steadily.


Trump led Carson 26 percent to 18 percent in the same poll from late September, and 25 percent to 12 percent in the same poll from August. 

Trump has led in every major poll since the middle of July.

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzPoll shows competitive matchup if O’Rourke ran for Senate again Democrats veer left as Trump cements hold on Republicans O’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation MORE (R-Texas) is in third place with 10 percent support in the Fox News poll, followed by Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOn The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week Trump declares national emergency at border Democrats veer left as Trump cements hold on Republicans MORE (R-Fla.) at 9 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 8 percent.

Carly Fiorina and Mike Huckabee each took 5 percent support in the survey. 

That’s a drop for Fiorina, who was at 9 percent in the previous Fox survey taken shortly after the last Republican presidential debate. Still, Fiorina has capitalized financially on her strong performance at the last debate, announcing Tuesday that she raised $6.8 million in the third quarter.

Rounding out the field are Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulCongress must step up to protect Medicare home health care Business, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration MORE (R-Ky.) at 3 percent, and Govs. Chris Christie (N.J.), John Kasich (Ohio) and Bobby Jindal (La.) and former New York Gov. George Pataki at 1 percent support each.

CNBC is requiring candidates poll at 2.5 percent or better to qualify for the main debate stage. Paul's 3 percent in the latest Fox News survey will help him get there, but he remains on the bubble.

Kasich and Christie are also on the bubble, and can’t afford many more showings of 1 percent if they hope to stay on the main stage.