In a new CNN/ORC national poll released Wednesday morning, GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump boasts a double-digit lead over his closest competitor, picking up 39 percent support from GOP voters.
Sen. Ted Cruz trails in second place with 18 percent, while Ben Carson and Sen. Marco Rubio are tied for third with 10 percent.
The rest of the GOP contenders place in the single digits. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got 5 percent, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul came in at 4 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush got 3 percent. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Ohio Gov. John Kasich came in at 2 percent while Carly Fiorina earned 1 percent support.
The poll was conducted following the latest GOP debate this past Tuesday. In response to a question about who did the best job in the debate, Trump came out on top as well with 33 percent support followed by Cruz, Rubio and Christie.
Yesterday a Quinnapiac poll had Trump with only a 2-point lead on Cruz in terms of national support. That same poll found that 50 percent of respondents said a Trump presidency would be "embarrassing."
The poll surveyed 438 registered voters who described themselves as Republicans or as Independents who lean Republican. The sampling error was plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.
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