Poll: Carson and Trump Lead GOP Candidates While Opponents Hang Back

Candidates for the Republican Party, Ben Carson and Donald Trump, seek after the GOP nomination for the presidential election.  

For about half of the potential Republican electorate, Carson and Trump are the first-choice candidates leading the polls above 20 percent, according the CNN. Of that, two-thirds of voters chose Carson or Trump as either the first or second selection as the nominees. 

It is reported that no other candidates have gained major points since the last CNN/ORC poll was conducted.

Trump with 27 percent and Carson a close second with 22 percent have become the threat to the other Republican contenders.  

As reported on CNN.com, Former Florida Gov., Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio are tied for third place with eight percent support each, followed by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul each at five percent. Fiorina, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz each have four percent support, while Ohio Gov. John Kasich is at three percent. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum stands at 2% and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham holds one percent.

The new poll is to be released one week before the candidates meet again on the stage to debate, Oct. 28.