A new poll shows Donald Trump with a commanding lead in two early primary states.
According to a CNN/ORC poll that was released on Oct. 14, the Republican candidate and billionaire real estate mogul has double digit leads in both Nevada and South Carolina among Republican voters. In each state, Ben Carson holds the second-place position in the crowded Republican field.
In South Carolina, the third state in the primary schedule, Trump has the support of 36 percent of Republican voters, doubling Carson’s 18 percent. In Nevada, a caucus state and the fourth in the schedule, Trump holds 38 percent support among likely caucus-goers with Carson garnering 22 percent.
Results from both states far outpace Trump’s performance in national polls, where he typically comes in at 25 percent of Republican voters.
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The new numbers for Trump might come as good news following a Fox News poll, released earlier this week, that showed Carson in a statistical dead heat with Trump nationwide.
That poll had the former neurosurgeon with 23 percent support among likely Republican voters as opposed to Trump’s 24 percent. The poll of 1,004 respondents had a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.
And earlier in the month, although still in the lead, Trump was fending off speculation that he might be considering dropping out of the race amid slumping numbers.
“I'm not going anywhere, I'm leading every poll and I'm going to make our country great again,” Trump said Oct. 6, on CNN’s “New Day.”
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“I'm not getting out. I'm going to win, OK?” he added. “The answer is: I'm going all the way and I'm going to win.”
The recent CNN/ORC poll was conducted between Oct. 3 and Oct. 10 10 via telephone. A total of 1,009 South Carolina residents were surveyed, 521 of whom said they were likely to vote in the Republican presidential primary. In Nevada, 1,011 adults were interviewed, including 285 residents who said they were likely to vote in the Republican presidential caucus. For the South Carolina poll results, the margin of error is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points; for the Nevada results, the margin of error is plus or minus 6 percentage points.