Trump, Carson take top spots in new Iowa poll

Ben CarsonBen CarsonRepublicans are the 21st-century Know-Nothing Party Sunday shows preview: Delta concerns prompt CDC mask update; bipartisan infrastructure bill to face challenges in Senate Government indoctrination, whether 'critical' or 'patriotic,' is wrong MORE continues to gain ground in Iowa, according to a new Loras College poll released Tuesday.

Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE still holds the top spot with 25 percent of likely Republican caucus-goers. Carson takes second with 18 percent and Bush follows at 10 percent.

Carson’s rise from 6.3 percent in the April Loras poll comes just one day after a Monmouth University poll found him tied with Trump at the top of the Hawkeye State polls. The retired neurosurgeon has been steadily gaining ground over the past few weeks and has come in second to Trump in two recent national polls.

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The three candidates are the only Republican candidates with double-digit support — Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.) round out the top five with 7 percent and 6 percent respectively.

The Loras poll is the latest to detail Walker’s slide from his previous position as the Iowa front-runner. The governor from neighboring Wisconsin posted large leads in many polls through the winter and spring, before Trump dethroned him in August. The newest results are the first time Walker has trailed Bush in a major Iowa poll since February and are a more than 6 percentage point drop from Loras’s April poll. 

Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) has also dropped significantly in Loras polling, as he’s down 6 percentage points from April’s poll. 

Carly Fiorina received 5 percent of the vote, good for sixth. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee  and Rubio are tied in seventh with 4 percent, followed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich, with 3.2 percent, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), who are tied at two percent. 

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) are tied with 1 percent. Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and former New York Gov. George Pataki received 0 percent of the vote share. 

Loras polled 502 likely Republican caucus-goers from Aug. 24 through Aug. 27 with a margin of error of 4.4 percent.