Latest Poll Clears GOP Presidential Outlook as 4 Candidates Emerge

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    As the presidential primaries roll into the holiday season, the first votes are only a handful of months from being cast and each candidate is kicking his or her campaign into high gear. The latest polls have revealed that the mystery surrounding the GOP primary could soon become clearer, as four candidates have emerged as serious contenders for the nomination while the rest of the field has slipped away.

    GOP Candidates
    Which one of these five has slipped? Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

    According to the most recent Fox News national poll, real estate mogul Donald Trump still maintains the top spot, commanding 26 percent of the vote, while retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson remains close behind with 23 percent. Other polls have put Carson in first place with Trump trailing in second, which means that either candidate could claim frontrunner status depending on how the numbers are crunched.

    Although they do not enjoy the same powerhouse numbers that Trump and Carson do, both Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Florida Senator Marco Rubio have mustered enough support to set them apart from the rest of the GOP contenders. The two senators each obtained 11 percent of the vote, giving them the realistic potential for a quick rise to the top if voters decide to go with an establishment candidate in the end.

    A four-way tie between Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich and Rand Paul marks the next rung of the ladder, with each candidate receiving 4 percent of the vote. Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who saw her star rise after a strong performance in the first Republican primary debate, has fallen 6 points from September to 3 percent.

    While Carson earned the largest share of support from evangelical Christians, Trump is considered among Republican voters to have the best grasp on rebuilding the economy. Voters are split as to which of the two candidates could best serve as commander-in-chief, but nearly twice as many voters believe that Trump would defeat Hillary Clinton in the general election than believe the same about Carson. Interestingly, the latest Quinnipiac poll indicates Carson, Cruz, Rubio and even Chris Christie would defeat Hillary head-to-head, but Trump would not.

    Click through the gallery below to see where many of the GOP candidates stand on the issues Americans care about.


    Donald Trump

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    Ben Carson

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    Ted Cruz

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    Marco Rubio

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    Scott Walker

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    Jeb Bush

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    Rand Paul

    Learn more about where Rand Paul stands on the issues.

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    Mike Huckabee

    Learn more about where Mike Huckabee stands on the issues.

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    Carly Fiorina

    Learn more about where Carly Fiorina stands on the issues.

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