Trump leads Carson by 20 in Florida

Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE has a two-to-one lead 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 among GOP primary voters in Florida, according to a new poll.


Trump takes 37 percent support to Carson’s 17 percent in the Bay News 9/News 13 Florida Decides survey.

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump moves forward with F-16 sale to Taiwan opposed by China The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Trump crosses new line with Omar, Tlaib, Israel move MORE (R-Fla.) is a close third, trailing Carson 1 point with 16 percent.

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump moves forward with F-16 sale to Taiwan opposed by China The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape O'Rourke says he will not 'in any scenario' run for Senate MORE (R-Texas) then takes 10 percent, while former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) places fifth with 7 percent.

No other Republican White House hopeful earns above 3 percent.

Tuesday’s poll comes as Carson and Trump are locked in a fierce struggle for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination nationwide. Trump has dominated the race all summer, but Carson has gradually gained on the outspoken billionaire.

The retired neurosurgeon is now just over 1 point behind Trump, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of samplings. Trump earns 25.3 percent voter support, edging out Carson’s 24 percent.

Carson, however, is beginning to tie or even surpass the real estate tycoon in some national polls.

A Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey released Monday, for example, has Carson besting Trump, 29 percent to 23 percent, among GOP primary voters.

Trump has responded by slowly intensifying his attacks on Carson despite the pair’s warm relationship on the campaign trail.

“It’s not his thing,” he said Tuesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” adding that Carson doesn't have the "temperament" for the presidency.

“I think that Ben doesn’t have the experience,” Trump added.

Bay News 9 and News 13 had SurveyUSA conduct its latest poll of 922 likely GOP primary voters in Florida Oct. 28-Nov. 1 via both home telephone and online surveys. It has a 3.3 percent margin of error.