Carson closes in on Trump in new poll
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Ben Carson is getting close to ending Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her 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 CruzViral video shows O’Rourke air-drumming to the Who’s ‘Baba O’Riley’ after Cruz debate Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate NY Times, McCabe give Trump perfect cover to fire Rosenstein, Sessions MORE (R-Texas) is in third place with 10 percent support in the Fox News poll, followed by Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioNikki Haley: New York Times ‘knew the facts’ about curtains and still released story March For Our Lives founder leaves group, says he regrets trying to 'embarrass' Rubio Rubio unloads on Turkish chef for 'feasting' Venezuela's Maduro: 'I got pissed' 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 PaulConservatives left frustrated as Congress passes big spending bills Senate approves 4B spending bill Some employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report 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.