Several recent polls for the 2016 Republican primary reveal that Donald Trump's numbers are now trailing those of retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson in Iowa, according to NBC News.
Trump was straightforward in his appeal to Iowa voters when he gave a speech at West High School in Sioux City, Iowa, on Oct. 27.
"Iowa, will you get your numbers up please?" he asked the crowd of almost 2,400. "Will you get these numbers up? I promise you I will do such a good job."
The plea for higher numbers comes with the release of a new CBS/New York Times poll on Oct. 27, which showed Dr. Carson taking 26 percent of GOP primary voters nationally, compared to Trump's 22 percent. The survey marks the first time in three months in which the real estate mogul has not been at the top of the polls in Iowa, according to NY Daily News.
In a poll by the Des Moines Register and Bloomberg Politics, Carson had an even more commanding lead over Trump, with 28 percent to Trump's 19 percent.
Trump maintains he will win the primary, and said the new poll numbers simply mean that he has to work harder in Iowa.
“Now if I lose Iowa, I will never speak to you people again, that I will tell you,” he joked to the audience.
Trump's appearance in Sioux City also saw a slight shift in the billionaire's usual method of politicking. While Trump usually touts poll numbers that show him leading his GOP rivals, on this occasion he emphasized the fact that he gets “high marks” in polls for being strong on the military, leadership and job creation. He also offered to take questions directly from the crowd.
"So will you please do me a favor," Trump asked the crowd. "And work with my people and go out on Feb. 1 and vote and give us a victory?”