Cruz grabs spotlight as he closes Trump’s lead in Iowa

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Another Republican presidential candidate is moving in on front-runner Donald Trump in Iowa — and no, it’s not Dr. Ben Carson this time.

It’s the firebrand senator from Texas — Ted Cruz.

A new Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday shows Cruz has moved within the margin of error — just two points — to claim the GOP top spot in the Hawkeye State.

The pollsters report that the New York real estate developer was the favorite of 25 percent of likely GOP Caucus participants, whereas Cruz garnered 23 percent, for what they called a “too-close-to-call race.”

Next came Carson who grabbed 18 percent, and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida at 13.

According to the poll:

This compares to the results of an October 22 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University showing Carson at 28 percent, with 20 percent for Trump, Rubio at 13 percent and Cruz at 10 percent.

One thing that hasn’t changed is the poor showing for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who goes from 5 percent October 22 to 4 percent today.

Today, Sen. Rand Paul is at 5 percent, with Carly Fiorina at 3 percent. No other candidate tops 2 percent, with 2 percent undecided.

 

“Last month, we said it was Dr. Ben Carson’s turn in the spotlight. Today, the spotlight turns to Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. The Iowa Republican Caucus has become a two-tiered contest: Businessman Donald Trump and neurosurgeon Ben Carson lead on the outsider track, and Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio lead among party insiders,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

“The other candidates will need miraculous comebacks to crack the top tier with slightly more than two months before the voting begins,” he continued.

“Worth remembering, however, is that winning Iowa is no guarantee of success elsewhere. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee won the 2008 caucus and former Sen. Rick Santorum took the 2012 crown, yet both were quickly gone from those nomination fights as the primary calendar moved to larger states,” Brown added.

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