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Latest Polls: Ben Carson Closing In On Donald Trump

Donald Trump is still the front-runner in the Republican presidential primary, with Ben Carson a close second, and all other candidates trailing far behind, according to new polls. 

Candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina enjoyed a brief jump in the polls, rising to 15 percent support at one point, but has since dropped 11 points and now is tied for seventh place, according to the most recent CNN/ORC poll, which was conducted from Oct. 14-17.

Meanwhile, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has gained 8 points and now sits at 22 percent support, just behind Donald Trump who has 27 percent, according to the poll. The poll used interviews with 1,028 people conducted via telephone, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Support for the two leaders in the CNN/ORC poll mirrors closely poll results from the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, released on Oct. 19. This poll only surveyed Republican primary voters.

NBC/WSJ poll shows that Trump garners 25 percent support with Carson at 22, NBC News reports. This puts Carson and Trump in a statistical tie, since the margin of error for this poll is plus or minus 4.9 percentage points. Carson, however, picked up only 2 percentage points since last month, while Trump gained 4 points.

The third place candidate on the list is Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, with 13 percent, followed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with 9 percent, and former Florida governor Jeb Bush with 8 percent.

Fiorina did slightly better in the NBC/WSJ poll, garnering 7 percent support and landing in sixth place. 

The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted Oct. 15-18, with 400 Republican primary voters being interviewed.

In the CNN/ORC poll, Bush and Rubio are tied for third place with 8 percent support each. They are followed by former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who each have 5 percent.

These new polls are released as the candidates make ready for their next debate performance. The CNBC-hosted debate is scheduled to be held on Oct. 28 and will last two hours, according to The Associated Press. 

Trump and Carson have both threatened to sit out the debate unless it was capped at two hours, and candidates were allowed to make opening and closing remarks directly to the camera. 

Republican National Committee (RNC) spokesman Sean Spicer confirmed on Oct. 17 that CNBC and the candidates had agreed to closing remarks and a two-hour cap, AP reports. 

Sources: CNN, NBC News, AP via

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