Real estate mogul Donald Trump solidified his lead as the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination in a CBS/NYT poll released Thursday morning.
Trump polled at 35 percent among Republican primary voters, which is a 13-point jump from his standing in the poll in mid-October.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) rose to second place with 16 percent support. He previously polled at the bottom of a crowded field with 4 percent.
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who led the poll at 26 percent in October, fell to third place with 13 percent.
No other candidates polled in double digits, but nearly two-thirds of Republican primary voters said it’s “too early” to be firm in their choice.
The poll was conducted among national registered voters, 431 of whom were Republican primary voters, from Dec. 4-8. The margin of error for Republican voters was 6 percentage points.