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Poll: Ben Carson knocks Donald Trump from top spot nationally

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Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson.

WASHINGTON — For the first time in months, a national poll shows Donald Trump is not leading the Republican 2016 primary race, and instead has Ben Carson in first place.

Carson won the support of 26 percent of Republican primary voters, compared to 22 percent who are backing Trump, according to CBS News/New York Times. Though within the poll’s margin of error, it marks the first time since the billionaire businessman’s dominant rise over the summer where he has been bumped from the top spot nationally.

The new numbers also represent a reversal from the last CBS/New York Times poll, taken more than a month ago, which saw Trump leading Carson 27 percent to 23 percent.

The most recent CBS/New York Times poll surveyed 575 Republican primary voters and carries a 6-percentage-point margin of error.