Ted Cruz has opened up a 10-point lead over Donald Trump in Iowa, according to an influential poll of likely Republican caucus-goers.
In the Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll out Saturday evening, Cruz took 31 percent of Republicans polled, with Trump at 21, Ben Carson at 13, Marco Rubio at 10, and the rest polling at 3 percent or below.
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Cruz’s support in Iowa has more than tripled over the past two months. His rise comes only days after a Monmouth University also had the Texas senator in first place in Iowa, earning 24 percent among those Republicans polled.
“Big shakeup,” J. Ann Selzer, the pollster who conducts the Iowa Poll for the Register and Bloomberg Politics, told the Register. “This is a sudden move into a commanding position for Cruz.”
Trump, apparently expecting a bump in Cruz’s numbers, tweeted minutes before the poll was released. But rather than focusing on Cruz’s expected lead in the Register poll, the national Republican frontrunner cited a different Iowa poll that still has him on top.
“New CNN Iowa poll — Trump 33, Cruz 20. Everyone else way down! Don’t trust Des Moines Register poll- biased towards Trump!”
In the last Iowa poll, released on Oct. 23, Carson had opened up a nine-point lead over Trump. Carson led all candidates with the s