Game Change: Cruz Soars to 10 Point Lead Over Trump
Ted Cruz has taken a commanding 10-point lead over billionaire businessman Donald Trump in the all-important first-in-the-nation presidential caucus state of Iowa, a new poll from the Des Moines Register and Bloomberg shows.
Cruz is now towering over the whole field at 31 percent, while Trump has fallen 10 points behind the Texas Senator to 21 percent. Dr. Ben Carson, another outsider, is in third place with 13 percent. The Washington establishment and donor class-backedSen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is in fourth place with 10 percent.
Both Cruz and Trump improved their numbers from the previous Des Moines Register/Bloomberg polls. Cruz’s jump is 21 points—from just 10 percent before, in October—and comes on the heels of major endorsements from Iowa’sRep. Steve King (R-IA) and the Family Leader’s Bob Vander Plaats.
The Register’s lead political correspondent Jennifer Jacobs wrote in her piece on the poll that “There are signs Cruz may not have peaked in Iowa yet.”
“Another 20 percent of likely caucusgoers say he’s their current second choice for president.” Jacobs wrote. “Cruz hits 51 percent support when first- and second-choice interest is combined, again leading the field.”
The Register’s pollster J. Ann Selzer is quoted as saying this poll represents a “big shakeup.”
“This is a sudden move into a commanding position for Cruz,” Selzer said.
The poll’s margin of error of 4.9 points means Cruz’s lead over Trump is comfortably—more than double—outside the margin of error.
Trump, in the previous poll, had registered 19 percent—which means he saw a 2-point jump from the last poll…