Carson surges past Trump in Iowa
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GOP presidential candidate Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonKavanaugh an excellent fit to continue the Supreme Court's honored tradition GOP strategist: Republican candidates distancing themselves from Trump could backfire in midterms Ethics watchdog requests probe into Trump officials traveling to campaign events MORE has plowed past Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpOver 100 lawmakers consistently voted against chemical safeguards: study CNN's Anderson Cooper unloads on Trump Jr. for spreading 'idiotic' conspiracy theories about him Cohn: Jamie Dimon would be 'phenomenal' president MORE in a second poll of Iowa voters released on Friday.

Carson wins 28 percent of likely Republican caucus-goers in Iowa, according to the Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register poll, while Trump gets 19 percent. 


According to the poll, that represents a 10-point surge for Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, since late August, and a 4-point drop for Trump.

It's the second poll in as many days showing Carson knocking off the billionaire businessman from the top spot in the Hawkeye State, where the real estate tycoon has led for three months. 

Carson beat Trump 28 to 20 percent in a Quinnipiac University Poll released Thursday.

The results suggest social conservatives in Iowa, long a force in the state’s caucuses, may be gravitating toward Carson.

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGrassley agrees to second Kavanaugh hearing after GOP members revolt FEC: Cruz campaign didn't violate rules with fundraising letter labeled ‘summons’ Cruz criticizes O'Rourke on Dallas shooting: Wish he wasn't 'so quick to always blame the police officer' MORE (Texas) is in third place in the Bloomberg poll with 10 percent. Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioNYT says it was unfair on Haley curtain story Rubio defends Haley over curtains story: Example of media pushing bias House lawmakers urge top intel official to probe national security threat of doctored videos MORE (Fla.) follows with 9 percent, while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ties with Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSome employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump says Dems inflated Puerto Rico death toll | House cancels Friday votes | Florence starts to hit coast The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Facing major hurricane, Trump is tested MORE (Ky.) at 5 percent each. 

Carson is the most positively viewed Republican in the field among Iowa Republicans surveyed, with 84 percent viewing him favorably. Rubio follows at 70 percent, with former businesswoman Carly Fiorina close behind at 66 percent.

Carson is also the second-choice candidate among a plurality of Republican respondents, trouncing the GOP field as the combined first or second choice of 47 percent of Iowa caucus-goers. 
Trump follows as the combined first or second choice of 28 percent of those surveyed, with Rubio at 20 percent, Cruz at 19 percent and Fiorina at 17 percent. 

The latest poll showing a rise for Carson and drop-off for Trump comes ahead of the third GOP presidential debate next week in Colorado.

The Bloomberg poll of 401 likely GOP caucus-goers was conducted Oct. 16 to Oct. 19 with a margin of error of 4.9 points.