Fiorina rises to second place in GOP field

Donald Trump is losing support, according to a CNN/ORC poll.
The poll was conducted after the Republican debate. (Photo: Reuters)
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Former computing executive Carly Fiorina rose to second place after the Republican presidential debate, while current leading candidate Donald Trump has lost some support, according to a CNN/ORC poll.

The survey, conducted in the three days after 23 million people tuned in to Wednesday night's GOP debate on CNN, shows Trump still as the leading candidate for the Republican ticket to the White House, with 24% support.

Even so that represents an eight percent decrease from earlier in the month, when a similar poll had him at 32%.

Fiorina ranks second with 15%, up from three percent in early September. Following her, neurosurgeon Ben Carson has 14%, after a fall from 19% in the previous poll.

During the CNN debate, Fiorina clashed with Trump over his personal attacks and their business records and scored points for her condemnation of Planned Parenthood.

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, identified as Wednesday's winner by 14% of Republicans, putting him second behind Fiorina, is now in fourth place with 11% support, up from 3% in a previous poll.

In fifth place is former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, at 9%. He's followed by Texan Senator Ted Cruz and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 6% each.

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky follows at 4%, with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at 3%, Ohio Governor John Kasich at 2% and former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania at 1%.

Five other candidates received less than one-half of one percentage point support: former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, former New York Governor George Pataki and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.


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