Poll: Trump tops Carson by double digits in Nevada, South Carolina
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Donald TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE is holding double-digit leads over Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonCarson's affordable housing idea drawing undue flak Overnight Energy: Trump EPA looks to change air pollution permit process | GOP senators propose easing Obama water rule | Green group sues EPA over lead dust rules Green group sues EPA over lead dust rules it says are too lax 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 RubioGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads What the gun safety debate says about Washington Trump moves forward with F-16 sale to Taiwan opposed by China 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.