Ted Cruz Chases Trump’s Lead In New Iowa Poll

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January 11, 2016 12:59 p.m.

Real estate mogul Donald Trump maintained a slight lead in Iowa in a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday afternoon, with rival Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) trailing him by just 2 points among likely Republican caucusgoers.

Trump polled at 31 percent to Cruz’s 29 percent. That’s a 3-point jump for Trump and a 2-point jump for Cruz since the last Quinnipiac poll in December.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) rose by a point to take third place at 15 percent.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, once a darling of Iowa’s crucial evangelical voting bloc, polled at 7 percent. That’s a 3-point decline since the December poll.

The Iowa caucuses are Feb. 1. Forty-six percent of those surveyed who picked a candidate said they weren’t firm in their choice.

The poll was conducted from Jan. 5-10 among 602 likely Republican caucusgoers in Iowa by live calls to landlines and cell phones. The margin of error was 4 percentage points.

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